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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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Edge & Ellison is setting up a year-long Junior Achievement Global Business Studies programme between Solihull School in the West Midlands and two schools – Canton High and Glastonbury High – in Greater Hartford, Connecticut, US. Corporate finance partner David Hull said: “By launching our own global business programme, we will be looking after the […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 3/3/98

Decisions are taken from Lawtel’s Case Law database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report. Enforceability of arbitration award in case of illegality Soleimany v Soleimany (1998) Court: CA (Morritt LJ, Waller LJ, Sir Christopher Staughton) 19/2/9Summary: An arbitration award, which purported to enforce an illegal contract, was not enforceable in […]

Forging a common bond

China is enlisting the help of English lawyers in its race to create a modern legal system and profession, says Adrian Hughes. Adrian Hughes is a barrister at 4 Pump Court and co-chairman of the Bar/Law Society joint working party on China. English and Chinese lawyers and legislators have been building up a relationship over […]

Govt must centre on the needy

Law centres must play a central role in government reforms, argues Patrick Lefevre. Patrick Lefevre is a co-ordinator at Brent Community Law Centre in North London. As I listen to lawyers arguing in defence of the current legal aid scheme, I can find almost nothing good to say about the current civil scheme. The reality […]

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