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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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Watson Farley & Williams has recruited a partner from Goodwin Procter in Hong Kong as it finalises its plan to open an office in the city. The firm has hired corporate finance partner Loretta Lau from Goodwin Procter’s Hong Kong office, which opened in 2008. Lau, who is qualified in Hong Kong and England, joined […]

Sidley Austin raids raft of firms for Houston energy launch

Sidley Austin is to open a Houston base that will focus on energy-related work, staffed by partners hired from firms including Akin Gump, Baker Botts and Vinson & Elkins. The office will initially be staffed by seven founding partners. They are: Mark Glasser, until now a partner and co-chair of the energy litigation section at […]

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Lost in translation

Court interpreters row raises spectre of miscarriages of justice When the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced on 30 January that it was launching a new interpreter service for courts in England and Wales it probably did not anticipate the backlash that would follow. Around 60 per cent of the 2,300 interpreters from the National Register […]

Ex-Slaughters partner joins Amarchand management team

India’s biggest law firm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co has announced the appointment of ex-Slaughter and May partner George Goulding as one of two outside consultants on its management committee. Goulding joins the committee along with former Boston Consulting Group (BCG) partner James Abraham. The pair will each commit at least […]

Singapore goes Singaporous for international firms

Singapore has relaxed its restrictions on foreign law firms entering the chewing gum-free city state in a bid to become more competitive. Singapore has relaxed its restrictions on foreign law firms entering the chewing gum-free city state in a bid to become more competitive.The rules will make it easier for barristers to appear before Singapore […]

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