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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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Clifford Chance and A&O take lead on £8.4bn Middle East property deal

Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy (A&O) have advised on a state-backed merger between property companies Sorouh and Aldar One, to create Abu Dhabi’s largest real estate developer. The move is intended to stabilise the real estate market in Abu Dhabi, which is yet to fully recover from the economic downturn. Aldar One has been […]

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Judgment call: 1 July 2013, in association with Westlaw UK, a Thomson Reuters’ product

Planning and environment (1) Borough of Telford and Wrekin (2) St Modwen Developments Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government; Interested parties: 1. Ravenhill Limited 2. David John Tringham (trading As Audley Avenue Business Parks); 2013 WL 2628680. QBD (Admin) Turner J. 14 June 2013 Under the national planning policy framework, preference was […]

Recovering the cost of business time spent on litigation

If your business has been disrupted by a problem that later leads to litigation, you may be able to recover the cost of time spent by management and staff in remedying the problem. Current guidance from the courts has provided support to businesses seeking to recover wasted management costs caused by another party’s tort or […]

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IP crime unit launched by City of London police

A new police unit to tackle IP crime and online piracy will be launched in September by the Intellectual Property Office. The office will give £2.5m in funding over two years to the City of London Police, the national lead force for fraud, to allow it to establish and run the unit aid and enforce […]

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Opinion: Helping to protect our soldiers

As the Snatch Land Rover case ends, recognition of soldiers’ legal status abroad is welcome, if overdue The Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Smith & Ors v Ministry of Defence [2013], aka the Snatch Land Rover claims, defines the extent and nature of the Government’s obligations to protect armed service personnel on active service abroad. […]

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