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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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Addleshaws department puts labour law under one roof

MANCHESTER firm Addleshaw Sons & Latham has announced the creation of a specialist human resources department which combines all aspects of employment law under one roof. Partner Malcolm Pike heads the new department which combines all employment, pensions and employee benefits matters. He said: “Employment law, which originally grew out of litigation, has become such […]

Accounts system

Birmingham solicitors Pearson Rowe has introduced a new accounts system. According to Mary Parry, office manager at the firm, the 11-workstation system has greatly improved its accounts function. With the help of supplier Professional Computer Solutions, Pearsons opted for the Cognito system which has so far been installed at over 90 firms of solicitors.

Programme accuses court of self-interest

THE COURT of Appeal has been accused of putting the interests of the legal profession above the interests of justice. The charge has been levelled by the television programme Trial and Error following the rejection of an appeal by 64-year-old Sheila Bowler, who was convicted of murdering her elderly aunt. A petition will now be […]

In the face of public opinion

The Appeal Court 3. The Sun readers 45,000. Their lordships on the bench of the Appeal Court may be unconcerned about being out of kilter with the views of Sun readers. But this was the score after the recent unanimous decision of Lords Justice Neill, Millett and Evans to uphold the £4,000 damages award to […]

Profession slams disclosure rethink

BOTH arms of the legal profession have hit out at the inclusion of new disclosure rules in the Queen’s Speech claiming they will “undoubtedly unbalance the criminal justice system”. The rules, one of the main points of the new Criminal Procedure and Investigations Bill, will give police and prosecutors more control over evidence which is […]

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