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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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The Firm

Henderson: You know, I’ve been thinking about The Firm’s image. To an outsider, we must come across as absurd caricatures, so for once I’ve decided we should do things properly, act with a bit of class. For example, this ABA conference. We should show our US cousins the rich history of The Firm. Pratchard: Hence […]

A View from South Africa

South Africa is perhaps feeling the effects of globalisation more than any other economy worldwide. Due to both its geographical location and its political past it has traditionally been “out of the loop”. The emergence of e-commerce, however, coupled with the abolition of sanctions – both of which have taken place within the past five […]

Simpson Thacher hires two partners from Shearmans

Shearman & Sterling‘s Silicon Valley expansion plans have suffered a setback with two of the firm’s top partners leaving for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. William Hinman, who was Shearmans’ managing partner in San Francisco and Menlo Park, and business finance partner Kevin Kennedy are leaving for the rival New York firm. Shearmans has significantly increased […]

Reuters' in-house team hires employment expert

Reuters has recruited an employment specialist for the first time to join its 70-strong global in-house team. Jo-Ann Semple will join as legal counsel from DJ Freeman by the beginning of October. The FTSE 100 company previously used external counsel for employment advice. But it now feels it has to have a full-time specialist in-house […]

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