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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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Cobbetts in Leeds office relocation

Just weeks after moving into new Birmingham premises, fast-expanding firm Cobbetts has announced an office relocation in Leeds. It will take up three floors of purpose-built accommodation on the banks of the River Aire from summer 2006. New space is urgently needed for Cobbetts, which has undergone four mergers, including two in Leeds, in the […]

Arnold & Porter acts for BAE on DigitalNet acquisition

Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter has strengthened its relationship with BAE Systems after the firm scooped its first corporate instruction for the UK defence giant. Arnold & Porter, which has historically advised BAE on Ministry of Defence and IP matters, was brought in to handle the due diligence relating to the company’s acquisition of […]

Ashurst lands Terra Firma after Linklaters conflicted

Ashurst has secured its first instruction from Terra Firma thanks to a conflict at Linklaters, advising the private equity house on the separate auctions of the UCI and Odeon cinema chains. Linklaters advised on the establishment of the Terra Firma fund, although subsequently Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have won the […]

Shred heads

The sentencing of CSFB banker Frank Quattrone to eighteen months in prison has blown the issue of privilege wide open. Jon Robins reports Frank Quattrone, the former star investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) during the internet stock bubble, was sentenced two weeks ago to 18 months in prison in New York after […]

The work-life quiz

Patrick Gaul, managing partner, Weightmans What was your first ever job?Selling lottery tickets for Everton FC. What was your worst experience as a trainee? The first time – of many – that I was mauled by one of the Masters in the Royal Courts of Justice, probably over some trivial procedural misdemeanour. Where’s the best […]

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