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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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Gouldens loses defamation head

Gouldens has lost its head of defamation to Peter Carter Ruck & Partners Barton Taylor will join the established claimant defamation firm later this month. He is well known for his work on behalf of the Police Federation during the 1990s. His arrival follows that of Mark Thompson, who was formerly head of defamation and […]

European Commission gets slated for ‘leaking information’

EC improves on last year but still criticised; OFT praised for its merger-handling; US regulators come top According to a report into the efficiency of competition regulators worldwide, both the European Commission and UK regulators have improved over the last year, and the European Merger Task Force has come out well. However, the European Commission […]

Eversheds awaits High Court summons in wrangle over ownership of company

Eversheds is facing a High Court battle after refusing to hand over company documents The claim was issued in the Chancery Division on 21 March by Lane & Partners on behalf of Panamanian company Xoilan Trader, which deals in antiquities. Eversheds has acted for Xoilan several times. Xoilan and a second claimant, Despina Papad-imitriou, are […]

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UK leans towards contingency fee payments

The US style of paying lawyers by contingency fees is growing in the UK, as what is believed to be the fourth firm begins working on this basis Contingency fees – where fees are charged as a percentage of the value of the claim but only paid if successful – are increasingly popular in the […]

UK counsel in Hong Kong and Singapore

Top daily rates for Hong Kong counsel are al-most twice the fees paid to UK silks working in the region Senior litigation lawyers in Hong Kong report that daily refreshers – payment for each day in court – for local senior counsel (SC), equivalent to Queen’s Counsel here, range between £5,000 and £11,000. Clerks in […]

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