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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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Lexcelis ups CMS count in Belgium

CMS Cameron McKenna’s Belgian best friend CMS Lexcelis has secured a merger with Brussels corporate firm DeBacker that will double the Belgian presence in the CMS network. Lexcelis, also based in Brussels, has 25 lawyers while DeBacker has 31. Name partner Jean-Marie DeBacker will be senior partner of the merged firm and Lexcelis partner Arnaud […]

The Barcodes’ dress code

Eversheds may not yet have found a way to break in to the very top echelons of law firm profitability, but it certainly knows how to lay on a good time. The firm kindly invited one or two of Tulkinghorn’s finest up to Newcastle to watch the city’s football team take on Fulham. Sadly, the […]

Slaughters rejigs lifestyle committee

Slaughter and May has reshuffled its lifestyle committee following the departure of competition partner Laura Carstensen and the decision by the group’s informal chairperson Frances Murphy to step down. Murphy has been replaced by corporate partner David Wittmann, although she remains a member of the committee. Carstensen, who left last December for lifestyle reasons, has […]

Cabnapped

Is world domination going to their heads? Recently a DLA partner, his head perhaps full of the knowledge that he may soon be one of the chosen few at a global giant, his belly perhaps full of intoxicating liquor, hailed a taxi to return him to his palatial home. After a few moments the chap […]

Ashurst concedes to BLP on Henlys restructure after creditors call in company doctor

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has displaced Ashurst on the multi-million pound restructuring of US bus and coach maker Henlys, it has emerged. Henlys was a long-standing client of Ashurst until it hit financial difficulties, which led its major creditors to bring in company doctor David James in June. James, who the government instructed on the […]

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