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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Soho sex shops defeat Westminster Council in CoA

The Court of Appeal (CoA) has ruled that Westminster City Council charged excessive licensing fees to Soho sex shop owners. Cornerstone Barristers’ Philip Kolvin QC was instructed by Gosschalks partner Stephen Dillon to fight the appeal over Westminster’s decision to hand costs for prosecuting unlicensed vendors to the Soho shops by adding 10 per cent […]

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Insurance business BGL Group, the owners of insurance website comparethemarket.com, has acquired volume personal injury firm Minster Law. The insurance intermediary, best-known for the upper-class meerkat that stars in its advertising campaigns, has been cleared to acquire the York-headquartered firm after Minster was granted approval by the SRA to become an alternative business structure (ABS). […]

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UK and US law firms have a habit of grabbing all the headlines, and all the talk recently has been about looking East with merger after merger in Australia and Asia. But those who ignore what’s right on their doorstep could be missing a trick. Despite the eurozone crisis, there’s still plenty of opportunity across […]

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