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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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Hammonds and Sacker & Partners are giving legal advice to Sea Containers’ pension funds after the Pensions Regulator took steps towards making the company meet the scheme’s deficits. The US company and its UK subsidiary Sea Containers Services, which owns GNER, are both currently going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the US. Under that, […]

German trio boosts Lovells litigation team

Lovells has boosted its dispute resolution team in Germany with the hire of a team from German independent Aderhold von Dalwigk Knüppel. Partner Jürgen Witte, counsel Kim Mehrbrey and at least one associate will join Lovells’ Düsseldorf office, boosting the practice to more than 40 lawyers in Germany. Witte said he joined Lovells for a […]

White Collar Crime: Court borders

With a number of countries breaking down barriers on cross-border white-collar crime, UK nationals who breach their codes could find themselves facing foreign justice. By Robert Goldspink, Thierry Dalmasso and Mark Bravin UK-based international businesses and businesspeople are increasingly exposed to prosecution abroad if they fall foul of other states’ rules on corporate governance. Industrialised […]

Mourant’s Pole vault

Global warming is no longer the biggest concern for the North Pole’s polar bears. Now the endangered not-so-cuddly critters face the calamity of an invasion of offshore lawyers. In Mourant du Feu & Jeune’s latest attempts to challenge offshore rivals Maples & Calder’s size or Conyers Dill & Pearman’s geographical spread, the Jersey-headquartered firm has […]

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