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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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Dewey revels in post-Orrick hiring spree

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The Guardian swoops for David Price barrister

The Guardian News and Media (GNM) group has ramped up its in-house legal team with the hire of barrister Korieh Duodu. Duodu leaves David Price Solicitors and Advocates after seven years to join the media group which owns the The Guardian and The Observer newspapers. GNM’s latest hire has acted on a number of high-profile […]

RPC misses target after ‘difficult year’

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has failed to hit its projected £55m turnover, posting a flat result for 2006-07 of £52.9m. Average profit per equity partner at the all-equity partnership (one of the few left in the City) was also virtually flat, rising by less than £10,000 per partner, from £286,000 to £295,000. Chief executive Adrian […]

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