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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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Shearmans and Stamford joint venture under review

Shearman & Sterling and Singapore firm Stamford are reviewing their joint venture after discontent on both sides has led to mounting tension in the office As yet there has been no formal decision to terminate the year-old venture, but several options are being considered for its future.A source within the joint venture cited an inequality […]

What next, Legwarmers?

Yet more news of problems with this trendy thing they call ‘casual dress’. Tulkinghorn cannot abide such a thing and has been presented with yet more evidence of its failure in the workplace. It appears that DJ Freeman Laurence Harris has been letting the side down by wearing inappropriate attire to work. Tulkinghorn (himself a […]

BIRKETT LONG

After conquering Essex, Birkett Long is now attacking London Birkett Long’s three offices would form a triangle across Essex if you joined up the dots between their locations, a geometric quirk that allows the firm to lay claim to the whole county as its target market area.It has been a busy couple of months for […]

Priddis creates OFT policy adviser role

Simon Priddis, the first lawyer to become Director of Mergers at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), has created a new post of policy adviser for the whole of the mergers branch The troubleshooting role has a huge remit that includes promoting transparency at the OFT and considering a faster timetable for merger applications.Priddis is […]

Legal Widow

It’s been the week of school sports days, which generally means cheering on puffing children, a consolation visit to McDonald’s and that unconvincing speech on how it’s taking part that matters. Deminimus, however, has been studying Montaigne and Carlyle in history (my goodness, whatever happened to Motte and Bailey Castles and the spinning jenny?) and […]

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