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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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In brief: LAG says 'pay as you go' will hit the poor

The Legal Action Group (LAG) has claimed that the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s plans to hike up court fees by introducing a “pay as you go” system will stop low-income households from “pursuing legitimate claims”.

Law Soc hits out at IT grumblers

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 578 7249, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square. Regarding your piece – Software suppliers in fury over Law Society IT guide (The Lawyer, 17 November) – the Law Society is entirely unconcerned that legal software suppliers not featured in the guide are […]

Employment blow for Veale Wasbrough

Bristol’s Veale Wasbrough has been hit by the defection of its head of employment and a team of lawyers to rival Bevan Ashford. Highly-rated partner Sarah Lamont is taking an associate, Anne Palmer, and two assistants, Tim Woodward and Bruce Rossington, to Bevan Ashford. Lamont will be reunited with two former Veale Wasbrough colleagues, corporate […]

In brief: Society of Black Lawyers to take on Channel 4

The Society of Black Lawyers is planning to take Channel 4 to the Independent Television Commission over the broadcasting on Thursday of a Dispatches documentary on gang rape. The documentary alleged 80 per cent of teenage gang rapists and 65 per cent of their victims were black.

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