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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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A&O taps bank for £75m to cover HQ relocation

Allen & Overy (A&O) has secured a £75m bank facility to help cover the cost of its new offices at Bishops Square. The loan was put in place last year to augment the current £65.8m cash surplus A&O has built up via retained profit to pay for the move, planned for this October. A&O finance […]

Mofo hires LawGram outsourcing partner

Morrison & Foerster has boosted its London outsourcing practice with the hire of outsourcing partner Jon Edgell from Lawrence Graham. Edgell specialises in advice to purchasers of IT systems, such as banks and airlines, with particular emphasis on the Indian outsourcing market. He becomes the firm’s third outsourcing partner in London, working alongside Alistair Maughan […]

An expensive round

How’s this for a bargain? Apparently SJ Berwin is turning tour operator and offering clients an all-expenses-paid golfing trip out to Spain. The catch? You have to spend £1m with the firm in 12 months. Do that and you get to go for free. If you spend less, you have to pay a share of […]

Lay of the land

Preparations for the planning gain supplement are giving cause for concern north of the border. Will this new centralisation be a step backwards for Scotland? By Iain Macniven When Gordon Brown announced plans for a planning gain supplement (PGS) in his 2005 pre-Budget report, the reaction was a collective groan. The PGS is essentially a […]

Specialised local government legal qualification on the cards

Talks are being held to forge a brand-new qualification for lawyers specialising in local government work. The talks promise to revolutionise the way local government specialists are hired and promoted, and could lead to voluntary assessments beginning in as little as 15 months’ time. Local government law chiefs at firms including Bevan Brittan, Pinsent Masons […]

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