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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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NHS firms steal work from local practices

Sunderland Health Au-thority has dropped its legal adviser of 30 years’ standing in favour of an NHS accredited firm.High street firm Mortons lost the £100,000 per annum contract to medical healthcare specialist Hempsons, which will now provide Sunderland Health Authority with all medical legal work.Mortons was one of four firms to tender for the contract. […]

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The provincial criminal bar comes highly recommended by solicitors across the country, who consistently highlight the ability of barristers from North to South to prepare immaculately and deal well with difficult clients. Only firms in the South East regularly took cases to London chambers.The criminal bar in Wales is very strong. Local solicitors say a […]

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