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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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TWO SCOTTISH local authorities have completed panel reviews, with a ­mixture of Scottish and UK firms winning places. Midlothian Council has hired Anderson Strathern on debt recovery, judicial reviews and licensing appeals work. It takes over from Morton Fraser. Brodies has been retained for employment, construction, planning and litigation work that cannot be carried out in-house. Both firms are appointed for three years. Midlothian […]

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The Hogan Lovells love-in continues – but don’t mention remuneration

AT THE Hogan Lovells annual press party last week co-chief executive David Harris gave a short speech. As always, there was a strategic theme. This time the new American partners were in town, and three weeks into the merger ­Harris was keen to push the firm’s perennial line that this was a deal between equals. […]

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The Lawyer European Awards 2010: Shortlist

After the success of last year’s inaugural event, it’s no exaggeration to say that interest in The Lawyer European Awards 2010 has exploded. Distinct from The Lawyer’s long-established awards for UK firms, their European cousin celebrates the achievements of firms based on the Continent. On 23 September, Europe’s finest firms will gather in Berlin to […]

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CLIFFORD Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Weil Gotshal & Manges have lined up to represent competing bidders on the auction of RBS’s ­payment processing arm, with Linklaters winning the mandate on the sale side. Linklaters corporate partner Matthew Middleditch is understood to be leading for RBS on the auction as the bank readies itself to sell off its Global Merchant […]

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