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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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Where credit’s due

Will the new consumer credit regulations help the customer or just lead to more confusion? asks Jonathan Guest This year and next will be bumpy for the UK’s consumer credit market given the changes that are underway in the arena. While the original Consumer Credit Act was passed in 1974, it only came into effect […]

NGJ to gain US clout with Kirkpatrick link

City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones (NGJ) has entered the final stages of merger discussions with US national firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, just six months after negotiations with Pinsents collapsed. The transatlantic firm will be known as Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham and will contain more than 900 lawyers. Kirkpatrick has 10 offices in the […]

Pension check

New legislation aims to make pensions more simple, but Chris Clarke warns that the changeover might not be so easy Gordon Brown confirmed in the Budget that new legislation aimed at simplifying pensions will come into effect on 6 April 2006 (‘A’ day). This is likely to impact on high-earners and could result in considerable […]

Winckworth Sherwood closes healthcare group

Westminster law firm and parliamentary agent Winckworth Sherwood is hiving off its healthcare group, as the head of the practice leaves to set up a new outfit. The firm will close down healthcare to concentrate on its core clients. Simon Eastwood, head of the group at Winckworth Sherwood, is establishing his own practice with a […]

The inside track

MAD gives a European approach to market abuse. Mathew Rutter reports The Market Abuse Directive (MAD) is designed to create a new pan-European framework for combating insider dealing and market manipulation. MAD is a key element in the European Financial Services Plan, a package of 42 measures aimed at harmonising Europe’s financial markets. Member states […]

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