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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 […]

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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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CC targets Romania through local tie-up

Clifford Chance has formed an association with a Romanian firm as the first step to a potential merger as it looks to capitalise on the growing work coming out of the country. As first reported on www.the lawyer.com (19 June), Clifford Chance has launched an office in Bucharest through an association with 24-fee-earner local firm […]

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Partners at ASB will be taking comfort from the fact that profit per equity partner (PEP) is up by 24 per cent on last year, hitting £161,000 after 2004-05’s £130,000. Bizarrely, the firm declined to reveal fee income, which is understood to have remained static at last year’s £18.2m. Recent months have also seen strong […]

Weil Gotshal boosts NQ salary to £75,000

Weil Gotshal & Manges has joined the swathe of US firms out-paying their UK rivals, increasing associate salaries in London by up to 20 per cent. The New York firm will increase newly qualified (NQs) salaries in the UK by 20 per cent from £62,500 to £75,000. This compares with the benchmark of £55,000 for […]

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