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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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Ernst & Young's Canadian outfit splits into two firms

Ernst & Young’s (E&Y) beleaguered Canadian law firm Donahue has finally dissolved, ending the accounting giant’s bid to build a major commercial law practice in the region However, two new boutique firms have been launched with former Donahue lawyers, both of which retain tie-ups with E&Y.The changes come following a mass exodus of commercial partners […]

Brachers scores NHS trust coup

Maidstone-based Brachers Solicitors has been appointed as joint legal adviser to Worthing and Southlands NHS Trust and a number of West Sussex primary care trusts for the next three years. Putney-based Capsticks has also been appointed as adviser.Brachers secured the appointment after competing in a lengthy tender process against the National Health Service Litigation Authority […]

Couchman Harrington Associates

Couchmans’ two partners have not let the IT slump bring them down Sports, media and entertainment firm Couchman Harrington Associates (CHA) was launched in June 2001 by ex-Townleys partner Nic Couchman and assistant Dan Harrington.Partners Couchman and Harrington left specialist sports practice Townleys before it merged with Hammonds, as they wanted the challenge of running […]

Hengeler Mueller in pro bono first for German government minister

Hengeler Mueller has broken with tradition to work pro bono, for the German government The firm defended German finance minister Hans Eichel against a e1m (£651,400) claim brought by a disgruntled Deutsche Telekom shareholder.Düsseldorf partner Gerd Kreiger represented Eichel in a lawsuit over the dismissal of Ron Sommer, the former Deutsche Telekom chief executive officer. […]

Allen & Overy (A&O) set for £18m fee bonanza on Marconi restructuring

Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to reap £18m of fees through advising recovering telecoms giant Marconi – £2m more than the original estimated billings of all the law firms involved in the restructuring As revealed in The Lawyer (2 September 2002), A&O, Clifford Chance (acting for the 27-strong syndicate of banks) and the bondholders’ […]

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