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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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DLA forms bulwark as the OFT gets tougher on cartels

Helen Power discovers that the best defence against the OFT may be a bunch of ‘Northern upstarts’ “We’re uncovering one cartel a month. We are now uncovering more serious ones. This activity is equivalent to theft. It has no redeeming features. Effective deterence is very important.” This came from the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) […]

Maples Teesdale

With private client gone, expansion is on the cards for Maples Teesdale Holborn-based Maples Teesdale lost its three-partner private client team earlier this year to Lee & Pembertons (The Lawyer, 15 July). Ian Lane, Joan Rees and Sally Wilkins moved to the Victoria-based firm with consultant Michael Lang and three legal executives. With another partner […]

OFT gets tough on sportswear cartels

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has launched an investigation into possible price-rigging across the branded sportswear sector. Should the investigation proceed, the law firms and barristers already involved on the related football shirt price-rigging investigation stand to rake in hundreds of thousands of pounds extra in fees. An OFT spokesperson told The Lawyer: “We’ve […]

A&O elbows out Linklaters on LBO

Linklaters has missed out on thousands of pounds worth of fees after Goldman Sachs ordered that Allen & Overy (A&O) was instructed on an upcoming leveraged buyout (LBO). It is understood that Linklaters’ banking department was initially instructed on the LBO by UBS Warburg through the firm’s strong links with the investment bank’s European M&A […]

KSB Law recruits first chief executive

Appointment of chartered accountant Mark Feeney to chief executive’s role follows firm-wide strategic review Lincoln’s Inn firm KSB Law has appointed chartered accountant Mark Feeney as chief executive. Feeney who has previously been chief executive of Russell Jones & Walker and finance director at Shoosmiths joins the 20-partner firm with at a time when it […]

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