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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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Survival of the fittest

Is the white, male lawyer a dying breed? Law firms can be proactive in supporting minority groups and still employ according to merit, says Monica Burch Is the UK’s white, male lawyer at risk of becoming extinct? Assume that law firms are taking no steps whatsoever in relation to diversity. The profession is nevertheless changing […]

AllianceBernstein gets Axiom help

Axiom Legal, the US-based firm that pioneered a new model of seconding lawyers to clients, has placed a new recruit as interim UK legal director in asset management company AllianceBernstein. Penny Froggatt, who joined Axiom two months ago, is caretaking the UK legal team of AllianceBernstein’s broker-dealer arm. Froggatt, who came to Axiom from Lloyd […]

Reed Smith can’t hear London calling

As partnership promotions go, three in London is pretty paltry, even for a US firm. As partnership promotions go, three in London is pretty paltry, even for a US firm. So news that Reed Smith Richards Butler has made a trio of UK promotions from a worldwide total of 31 (www.thelawyer.com, 7 December) is sure […]

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Lore law Many an obscure blog has been covered in the pages of Webweek, but Law and Magic (http://lpcprof.typepad. com/law_and_magic_blog/) might just take the prize as the most specialised yet. It does what the name suggests, mixing a discussion on environmental and IP law with the odd post on Houdini and the paranormal. It’s not […]

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