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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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Diageo's in-house lawyer quits

The top in-house lawyer at drink and leisure conglomerate Diageo has quit, The Lawyer can reveal. Dr Ken Mildwaters has resigned as general counsel and group legal director, and will leave the company at the end of June. Diageo was formed in 1997 following the merger of leisure giants Guinness and Grand Metropolitan. Mildwaters, who […]

Lord Irvine gives ground on public defenders system

THE LORD Chancellor’s plans to introduce a US-style public defender system has met with a barrage of criticisms from fellow Peers. The Lord Chancellor refuses to drop the idea of salaried defenders, but has bowed to pressure to include quality control measures and a conduct code for them in the Access to Justice Bill. He […]

Olivetti law firm chief in directorship link

The senior partner of an Italian law firm which is advising Olivetti Group on its hostile billion-pound bid for Telecom Italia is a director of a company in which the computer giant has a substantial stake, The Lawyer can reveal. Sergio Erede, senior partner at Milan-based firm Erede & Associates, is on the board of […]

M&S caught without a licence

A TEST case battle by retail giant Marks and Spencer (M&S) to ward off claims for payment in respect of distribution of newspaper extracts supplied to them by a cuttings agency has failed. In a legal action which will have major implications in copyright circles, the High Court has ruled that M&S should pay a […]

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Amateur dramatics. A group of drama students are to perform in a musical about the Derek Bentley case, Let Him Have Justice. Bentley was hanged at the age of 19 for the murder of PC Sydney Miles, after allegedly shouting “Let him have it” during a rooftop showdown, and was pardoned last year. While the […]

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