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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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ABA opens first US museum of law in its Chicago offices

The American Bar Association opened a law museum in the lobby of its expensive Lake Shore Drive headquarters in Chicago last week. The Museum of Law is reputedly the only museum dedicated to the trials and tribulations of US lawyers. ABA executive director Robert Stein hopes the exhibition will grow into one of Chicago’s major […]

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Unwanted adoption

An unmarried mother’s bid to prevent her seven-year-old son being put up for adoption is being considered by the Law Lords. They are considering whether to give the mother, who has already failed before a county court and the Court of Appeal in attempts to prevent the child being adopted, leave to appeal to them.

Bar gears up for Labour govt

Richard Clayton reports Barristers are planning to set an urgent agenda for criminal justice reform at this month’s annual Bar conference in anticipation of next year’s general election. The conference, on 28 September, features the most substantial criminal programme for some years and boasts the Shadow Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg QC, as its […]

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Hertfordshire lawyer seeks refuge in church

The Long-serving director of law and administration at Hertfordshire County Council, Bill Church, has moved on to a higher calling – the Church of England. Church, who has been with Hertfordshire since 1979 and a local government solicitor for 29 years, left his position last month to train for ordination. He retains some contact with […]

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