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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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Inland Revenue slashes barristers' fees

The Inland Revenue has dramatically reduced the fees it pays to barristers, in some cases by up to 75 per cent It comes at a time when the Government Legal Service (GLS) is overhauling the way in which it pays barristers by establishing a single rate for each panel of barristers doing Government work.Under this […]

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Space technology company Astrium is one of Europe’s premier players in the sector. Kathryn Hobbs talks to general counsel Stefan Seyfarth about how he keeps its feet on the ground

Shearman gives Englishman top London job

The head of Shearman & Sterling’s English law practice Kenneth MacRitchie has been appointed as the firm’s new managing partner in London He has vowed to build up the office’s corporate capability. MacRitchie succeeds Pamela Gibson to take charge of the third-largest office of any US firm in London.MacRitchie commented: “I think it makes a […]

Variety is the spice of life

Exactly how raucous can a bunch of lawyers get? Top marks to Allen & Overy, whose table enlivened an already rumbustious evening at the Variety Club’s inaugural legal gastronomic event at The Dorchester last week. And top marks to Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn’s Lionel Rosenblatt, who managed to persuade a whole slew of top chefs, […]

De Wilde to ease LSC worries for chambers

A working party has been set up to investigate ways of helping small and medium-sized chambers to comply with Bar Council and Government requirements A major part of the inquiry, which is chaired by Robin de Wilde QC, is to address the Legal Services Commission’s plans to introduce a so-called ‘quality mark’ covering the management […]

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