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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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Labour suggests levy to support legal assistance

SOLICITORS could be asked to make compulsory payments to support pro-bono legal services if proposals to be put forward in a Labour Party consultation document later this year are approved. Speaking at the recent Law Centres Federation annual conference, Labour’s legal affairs spokesman, barrister Paul Boateng, said the party would be committed to a radical […]

Tough tasks to be faced in Melbourne

As that conundrum and wonder of the international legal world, the International Bar Association, prepares for its biennial get together – this time in Melbourne – the old questions about it bubble to the surface. After two years in Claude Thomson’s safe hands, the internal state of the organisation is undoubtedly in a lot better […]

US firm bows out in wake of increased costs

US FIRM Lord Day & Lord, Barrett Smith decided to dissolve this week in the face of mounting costs. The news will affect many Lloyd’s Names who comprise much of the firm’s client base. Some 55 Lord Day fee earners – including the entire corporate team and half its litigators – will join Morgan Lewis […]

MPE and Bovis face two separate suits

Lincoln-based Andrew & Co is acting for two plaintiffs, D McMillan and HC Carruthers, in their separate High Court actions against MPE Ltd and Bovis Construction, which arise from the same event. The defendants are represented by Birkett Westhorpe & Long.

Cunningham appeals fraud conviction

The recent report of the ‘beef’ tribunal of inquiry in the Irish Republic has left angry taxpayers with an Iru30 million bill in legal fees. One senior counsel earned over Irul million, the equivalent of the total estimated cost of Britain’s Scott Inquiry into the Arms-for-Iraq affair. Faced with widespread criticism over what is seen […]

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