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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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Maclay Murray merger boosts employment

Maclay Murray & Spens is gearing up for an anticipated surge in employment work by merging with niche Edinburgh practice Mackay Simon. Maclay Murray has announced it is to merge with the seven-partner employment practice within three months. While the merged firm will be called Maclay Murray & Spens, Mackay Simon will lend its name […]

MoFo lures Brobeck partner for City office

The London office of Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is nabbing a top partner from arch rival Brobeck Hale and Dorr. The San Francisco firm is hiring corporate finance partner Julia Bracewell from Brobeck, where she was the first UK lawyer. Both firms claim to be global technology law firms, although MoFo has been slower to […]

LeBoeuf scoops Georgian telecoms privatisation work

Leboeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has won a series of roles in the wave of privatisation sweeping the former Soviet Union. The firm is advising Commerzbank, which is leading the consortium acting for the Georgian government on the privatisation of Telecom Georgia (TG) and Georgian Local Lines Company (GLLC). The consortium includes the Bank of […]

Davies Arnold rues two more losses as Reynolds swoops for insurance lawyers

DaviEs Arnold Cooper is losing a second batch of lawyers to Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, this time from its insurance/reinsurance department. Partner Edward Smerdon and his senior assistant Simon Goldring are joining Reynolds this week, after practising at Davies Arnold for five and seven years respectively. In May last year, Davies Arnold lost its entire media […]

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