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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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The Virgin Group provides an array of services, from aeroplanes to limobikes, and a rethink of the group’s legal panal is now called for. Fiona Callister reports on its compact in-house legal team and its plans for the future. It is tempting, when surveying the Virgin empire, to use the old cliché that the company […]

White & Case profits from Italian merger

White & Case‘s new Italian practice has gained an intellectual property (IP) partner and three associates through the merger of boutique firm Studio Attolico Legale and its Italian partner Varrenti e Associati. The deal comes just two weeks after White & Case announced its merger with the five-partner Italian corporate firm to create Studio Legale […]

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