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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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Mutiny over bar reforms

THE BAR Council faces rebellion against the proposed reform of its complaints system because of fears that barristers will be exposed to a welter of unreasonable compensation claims from dissatisfied clients. Ronald Thwaites QC, criminal silk and head of chambers at 10 King’s Bench Walk, is mounting a challenge to the council by calling for […]

Clerks reject paper's 'outrageous' claims

Justices’ clerks are furious over a Sunday Express newspaper article alleging that clerks are advising magistrates to be “too lenient on thugs”. The story, which the Justices’ Clerks Society (JCS) calls “inaccurate, outrageous and mischievous”, claims clerks are advising magistrates to hand out light sentences because of fears they could be financially liable in the […]

Financial events

This week, The Lawyer is organising a conference Financial Services – an expanding niche market for solicitors. The Thursday conference will look at how solicitors can create and expand their financial services business. Contact Steve Warshal on 0171 287 9800. SIFA is also organising a conference next month entitled Achieving success in financial services. The […]

In brief: SJ Berwin flies flag at SA exhibition

SJ Berwin says it is the sole UK law firm participating in the Britain Means Business exhibition in South Africa this week. The Johannesburg event, to be opened by the UK’s new Minister for Trade Anthony Nelson, will see up to 100 major UK companies, including British Aerospace, Rolls Royce and BP, and many small […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 26/09/95

NATHLYN SONIA BERTLYN COCHRANE, 40, admitted 1984, practised as Cochrane & Co, Walthamstow, London E17, fined £1. Allegations substantiated she failed to pay counsel’s fees when due and failed to respond to correspondence from Bar Council and SCB. Tribunal told Cochrane entered ill-fated venture with Michael Grant, a solicitor who had been struck off for […]

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