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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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Berrymans rocked by six-partner defection

Berrymans Lace Mawer has lost more than half of its Liverpool-based commercial department to a rival North West firm. Brabner Holden Banks Wilson is taking on six equity partners – Sandy Gill, Terry Montague, Andrew Scorah, Neil McBurney, Jacqueline Lloyd and Jeff Gillbanks – who are expected to leave Berrymans by the end of the […]

Replacement silk found for Thyssen case

Norton Rose has finally replaced its counsel on the £1.2bn dispute involving Baron Von Thyssen-Bornemisza’s family. Trevor Philipson QC at Fountain Court is replacing Nicholas Patten QC, who was acting as lead counsel for the trustees in the Thyssen case. Patten left the case after he was invited to become a High Court judge (The […]

The path to enlightenment

The law is attracting increasing amounts of students. There are a huge number of potential recruits working their way through undergraduate degrees, vocational courses, traineeships and pupillages. At the same time, law firms have become increasingly aware of the value of young lawyers, and they now plan the nurturing of trainees with care. From the […]

Clifford Chance leads private equity

Clifford Chance is leading the way in the private equity stakes after completing two high-profile deals in as many weeks. The firm acted for Bourne Leisure and equity providers Candover and Legal & General Ventures on the £700m buyout of Rank’s UK holiday division. Corporate partner Adam Signy led a 45-strong team on the deal […]

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