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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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Legal executives will be allowed to appear in a range of new courts, after being granted extended rights of audience by the Lord Chancellor. The Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) president, John Wells, announced that the Lord Chancellor has approved ILEX’s application for the extended rights yesterday. The decision means that legal executives will now […]

UK Roundup: Management

End to Eversheds’ lockstep could herald growth End to Eversheds‘ lockstep could herald growth At The Lawyer, firms’ international strategies often vie with their equity structures for page space. Both are perennial issues for the UK’s largest firms and, with the end of the financial year in April, the latter was recently a particularly high […]

Govt barrister returns to Blackstone

Barrister Emma Dixon has returned to practise at Blackstone Chambers after four years working with the Government Legal Service (GLS). Dixon specialises in public law, human rights and environmental law. While at the GLS, Dixon helped develop and implement the employment directive and advised the Government on medical ethics. Dixon originally joined Blackstone in 1996.

Bar appoints new complaints commissioner

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has appointed senior civil servant Robert Behrens as the new Bar Complaints Commissioner. Behrens, previously secretary to the committee on Standards in Public Life, succeeds Michael Scott in the role and takes up his post on 1 June. The complaints commissioner reviews the system for handling complaints against barristers as […]

Dickinson Dees in profits dip as turnover rises ten per cent

Newcastle-based Dickinson Dees has increased its turnover for the tenth consecutive year, hitting £47.8m. The figure is up ten per cent on last year’s, when top line was £43.8m. Projected profit per equity partner (PEP) is down on last year, however. 2005-6 PEP is £320,000, while in 2004-5 it was £326,000. Managing partner Neil Braithwaite […]

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