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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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Manchester practice homes in on interactive Internet system

A MANCHESTER firm has become the first in the UK to buy and use an interactive Internet system which allows lawyers to practise law from their home page. Sole practitioner Stephen Baker & Co has installed NKT Interactive, a system which allows solicitors to carry out the preliminary stages of legal work with clients over […]

Sycamore aims to make legal profession 'fit for 21st century'

The Law Society needs to “tighten up its act” its president Phillip Sycamore has admitted, announcing a three-year review designed to make the society “more effective, more efficient and, above all, more relevant to those it serves”. Addressing about 800 delegates at the Solicitors’ Annual Conference in Cardiff last Friday, Sycamore’s comments were in marked […]

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Southampton firm sets up advocacy unit

A Southampton firm has set out to compete directly with chambers on the south coast by setting up its own employment advocacy unit. Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh, a 14-partner firm, has written to the top 75 firms in the country to alert them to a service it promises will compete with counsel on both performance […]

Clifford Chance seals deal to reschedule Soviet debt

Clifford Chance finance partners are celebrating the completion the world’s last outstanding sovereign debt rescheduling with the signing of an agreement by Russia to repay the former Soviet Union’s $33bn debt over the next 25 years. The firm’s two London finance partners, Cliff Godfrey and Andrew Yianni, have spent the past four months drafting the […]

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