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SmartLaw 2.0 – The new future of law

By Brett Chalmers A few years ago, George Beaton published an influential e-book, NewLaw New Rules: A Conversation About the Future of the Legal Services Industry, that pulled together comments and responses he received from numerous legal thought leaders and experts about his NewLaw-focused blog post. The publication compared BigLaw, the traditional partnership-and-hourly-rates model, with NewLaw, an […]

Supreme Court supports disqualification under IBC, but protects interest of homebuyers

By Prateek Kumar, Sahil Narang, Raveena Rai The corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) against Jaiprakash Infratech Limited (JIL) commenced when the National Company Law Tribunal, Allahabad (NCLT) passed an order dated 09.08.2017 admitting the petition of IDBI Bank Limited under Section 7 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (IBC). Home buyers who had invested in […]

Austria – Commercial agent’s trial for trial period compensation

By Andreas Natterer, Sara Khalil Earlier this year, the ECJ ruled that commercial agents are generally entitled to compensation, even if the distribution agreement was terminated during a trial period. The ECJ’s decision (C-645/16) was preceded by the French Cour de Cassation’s request for a preliminary ruling on whether Art. 17 of Directive 86/653/EEC applies if the commercial […]

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Substituting an existing expert witness for a new expert

In Hort v Charles Trent Ltd [2012] EWHC 3966 (QB), the High Court held that a party to litigation is permitted to substitute their expert witness for another where the opposing party does not suffer delay, additional expense or prejudice as a result and the courts should only exercise their discretion to refuse permission in […]

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Essex Court defeats Debevoise’s Goldsmith in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court this week confirmed that English courts do have jurisdiction to grant injunctive relief in support of an arbitration agreement, even when there is no arbitration is in existence.  The ruling marks a loss for Debevoise & Plimpton partner Peter Goldsmith QC, who was brought in at the Supreme Court to lead the […]

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Lacking Middle Eastern promise

A tough Middle East market means setting up an outpost there requires an alternative approach Trust Dewey & LeBoeuf to road-test a Kuwaiti association firm on a rival’s behalf. The defunct firm, while still alive and kicking, had a go at a tie-up with local lawyer Jamal Ahmed Al-Shehab in 2011 following a suggestion from […]

Istanbul set to become international arbitration centre

Establishment of a globally renowned arbitration centre in Istanbul has long been discussed. There is concern over the lack of such an institution despite the increasing use of arbitration as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism in Turkey. The idea of establishing an international arbitration centre in Istanbul was first officially mooted in the Strategy and […]

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