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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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Peer attacks Mackay's 'delays'

LORD Mackay has made a thinly-veiled plea for patience in response to a volley of parliamentary questions about his alleged “delays” in reaching a decision over higher court rights of audience for employed solicitors. In a written answer to the latest of three questions tabled by Lord Ackner on the issue, the Lord Chancellor said […]

Litigation Personal Injury 16/04/96

George v Jacobs and anor – QBD 29 March 1996 Claimant: Linda George, 47 Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Claimant left a “bladder cripple” after stitch was inadvertently put into her bladder at end of 1989 hysterectomy; main symptom of mistake is incontinence Award: £75,000 Judge: Mr Justice Scott Baker Plaintiff’s solicitors: TV Edwards Defendant’s solicitors: […]

UK lawyers say 'hoi'

LONDON solicitors and barristers are being invited to go Dutch to continue a 30-year friendship. Exchanges between Dutch and English lawyers have been taking place since 1966 and will continue between 6 and 11 May when up to 100 English lawyers visit The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The five-day programme will include a reception at […]

Insolvency society gets solicitor as its president

ALLEN & Overy insolvency lawyer Gordon Stewart is the first ever lawyer-president of the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency. Stewart takes over from Colin Bird, a partner at accountants Price Waterhouse, who stood down earlier this month. Stewart said: “My appointment as the first non-accountant president illustrates the broad church that SPI has become and […]

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As life expectancy in the UK and the number of retired people rises, the state welfare system faces a greater burden. But government help is on the decline and the onus is increasingly upon the individual or family to provide for retirement income and medical care. And recent cases have shown the difficulty of capital […]

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