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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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Heron debt scheme pulls in the lawyers

Institutional shareholders in international property business Heron Group vote this week on whether to accept a major debt and equity purchasing plan on which Travers Smith Braithwaite and Allen & Overy has advised. The deal involves an offer by HNV Acquisition (HNVA) to acquire Heron International NV’s entire issued share capital, and around u407 million […]

Send in the paralegals

Simon Rogers reports on how an unrecognised workforce could be threatening trainee places in the big law firms While aspiring trainee solicitors contemplate an uncertain destiny, there is one section of the legal population for whom the future seems increasingly bright – paralegals. There is an increasing recognition of the need for staff who are […]

Stand out from the crowd

Differentiating your ‘product’ in a homogeneous market is a tricky business. Consistent branding helps, says Chris Pullen In 1988, Rowe & Maw took the step of commissioning photo-collage artist, Noel Myles, to produce massive collages to illustrate the firm’s new corporate brochure. Lloyd Northover Citigate was employed to produce the brochure itself and establish design […]

Irish Bar to rule on judge ban

THE IRISH Bar Council is to hold an extraordinary general meeting next month to consider the case of the judge whose appointment plunged the country into political crisis. Former Attorney General Harry Whelehan resigned as president of the Irish High Court less than a week after his appointment. He was accused of misleading the Government […]

Phoney lawyers hit charities in 'colossal' legacy scam

ADVISERS to charities are being warned to be wary of letters from phoney lawyers offering fictitious legacies. The fraud, much of it emanating from West Africa, is a type of advanced fee fraud. The letters, purporting to be from lawyers, claim the charity has been left a legacy, and the charity is then asked to […]

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