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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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Luring the law

Organisation: Intel Capital Employees: 300 worldwide Legal capability: 25 lawyers worldwide, four in Silicon Valley Head of legal: General counsel Suzan Miller Reporting to: Director of corporate affairs Cary Klafter Main location for lawyers: Santa Clara, California Main law firms in Silicon Valley: Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Morrison & Foerster, Pillsbury Winthrop Intel Capital is […]

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With 38 cinemas throughout the UK, United Cinemas International (UCI) is a dream property client, and DLA is the main firm that has benefited from the company’s expansionist strategy. UCI, a joint venture between Paramount and Universal, took space in Manchester’s recently redeveloped Printworks building, the former Daily Mirror site, on which DLA, led by […]

Innogy Holdings lures British Energy lawyer for new market

UK energy provider Innogy Holdings has poached a lawyer from British Energy in preparation for the New Electricity Trading Arrangements (NETA), soon to replace the electricity pool as the industry’s central marketplace. Nigel Fowkes, previously at the National Grid, joins Innogy in Swindon after three years with British Energy’s in-house legal team. He joins as […]

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