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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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In brief: Crime and Disorder Bill is published

The Home Office launched its Crime and Disorder Bill last week, introducing new offences of racially aggravated assault and harassment, abolishing the presumption that under-10s cannot commit a crime and setting up a new Youth Justice Board and youth offender teams. The five-part Bill also extends the custodial term for sexual crimes by 10 years […]

China opens doors so far and no further

The Chinese government has confirmed that it is ready to improve access for foreign law firms to the Chinese market, but has insisted that the ban on practices employing Chinese lawyers should stay. The proposals are contained in a revised services offer China presented to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva last week as […]

In brief: Lawyers need to catch up on exercise

Lawyers are lagging behind in the fitness stakes, according to a Business Pages survey, which found that many firms do not have on-site gyms or subsidised fitness schemes, while only 28 per cent of staff use facilities when they are available.

Govt tells Law Society and Bar to devise vocational loan scheme

THE Law Society and the Bar Council have been asked by the government to draw up proposals for a loan scheme to help budding lawyers fund their vocational training. The move follows a meeting between Bar Council chairman Robert Owen QC, Phillip Sycamore, the president of the Law Society, and Education Minister Kim Howells last […]

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