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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 […]

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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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Harassment Act is poorly worded

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Exeter solicitor Nigel Chubb and his firm Richards Chubb who are being sued for £1.5m in damages in the High Court. Chubb is accused of negligence in the handling of the purchase of a helicopter hangar, a coach house and a barn for their subsequent conversion into holiday flats. His ex-client, a property development company, […]

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Barry Samuels says that too many summary judgments are being obtained in cases where there is a real and arguable defence to the plaintiff’s claim. The summary judgment procedure is over-used and widely abused, yet there is a place for it. The purpose is to enable a plaintiff to obtain judgment without trial where there […]

French discussions

The French Ministry of Justice has organised two round table discussions on “The right of the family under European law and justice” and “The fight against organised crime and European law and justice”. They will be held on 16 October at the Centre international des Congres du Palais des Papas in Avignon, France.

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