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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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Van Doorne launches second Lovells raid in Amsterdam

Dutch independent Van Doorne has raided Lovells for the second time this year, this time to strengthen its real estate practice. The firm has hired civil law notary Annerie Ploumen as a partner. She joins the Amsterdam office of Van Doorne, along with her entire team of four deputy civil law notaries, on 1 January […]

BLP converts to LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has become the latest UK firm to agree to convert to limited liability partnership (LLP) status. Following a partnership vote on 31 October, the firm has converted to LLP status, effective from today (1 December). Managing partner Neville Eisenberg said: “The conversion process has been very smooth.”

DWS advises DP World lenders on Islamic bond for P&O buyout

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has scooped a role advising the lenders on the innovative Islamic bond issue that will fund the P&O acquisition. Barclays Capital and Dubai Islamic Bank are the lead managers on a $2.8bn (£1.63bn) Sukuk that is linked to a potential IPO on maturity. Linklaters has landed Dubai-based container terminal operator DP […]

No. 1 Serjeants Inn gets new base and name

Professional negligence set No. 1 Serjeants Inn is moving into new premises in January and changing its name at the same time. The 37-strong chambers has been forced to leave its current building, off Fleet Street, which it used to share with law firm Dechert, due to redevelopment. Its new location – and name – […]

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Today’s financial services market is a vastly different animal from that of only a few years ago. The mortgage and insurance markets now fall within the remit of the FSA, while the Pensions Act 2004 has seen the replacement of the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority by the more powerful Pensions Regulator. However, the FSA’s Enforcement […]

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