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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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Travers Smith leads in scramble for telecoms

Travers Smith Braithwaite is advising US company NTL on its u8bn bid forCable & Wireless subsidiary Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC),represented by Linklaters.Telewest, represented by Freshfields, was considered the frontrunner tobuy CWC after bidding u8bn in April.But NTL made its own u8bn bid in June, and last week Cable & Wireless,represented by Allen & Overy, […]

Top movie lawyer quits after landmark victory

The executive vice-president and general counsel of United InternationalPictures (UIP), the worldwide movie distributor, is standing down afterachieving a landmark ruling from the European Commission (EC).US lawyer Brian Reilly, who has been with UIP for eight and a half years,is taking the unusual step of moving to Costa Rica.He will become general counsel of Nueva […]

CC names executive committee

The appointments to Clifford Chance’s new global executive committee havebeen finalised, The Lawyer can reveal.As Rogers & Wells managing partner Larry Cranch revealed to The Lawyerlast week, two of the global practices will be headed by partners from theUS firm. Head of the litigation practice group will be James Benedict,while Bob King will take charge […]

Ince & Co gains Hong Kong partner

Leading City shipping firm Ince & Co is poaching Richards Butler’s partnerin charge of admiralty law in Hong Kong.Harry Hirst is returning to Ince & Co where he worked as an assistant inHong Kong and its London office from 1989 until 1997.Hirst joined Richards Butler in 1997. He will re-join Ince & Co’s HongKong office […]

Jumbo rental firm challenges noise rules

Roger Pearson reports on a jet leasing company’s bid to overturn EuropeanCommission regulations in the High Court.The High Court has paved the way for a legal challenge to new ECregulations aimed at reducing noise and gas emissions from aircraft.Council Regulation (EC) No 925/199 came into force on 8 May this year, butis not due to […]

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