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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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The heat is on for insurers to discuss policy details upfront and disclose any contingency commissions. Ashley Prebble on the FSA’s response to the Spitzer investigation The complaint against Marsh & McLennan filed by Eliot Spitzer in October last year turned the spotlight on business practices in the insurance industry. It opened the door to […]

Shanghai kicks off Latham Asia push

Latham & Watkins has launched its first outpost in mainland China with the opening of a two-partner Shanghai office. San Francisco partner Rowland Cheng has relocated to Shanghai, where he will head the new office. He will be joined by Singapore-based finance partner James Redway and two Latham associates. The new office will focus on […]

Green around the bills

Clifford Chance has been decorating its Docklands office with trendy modern art since it moved into the building 18 months ago. The ground floor is adorned with large sculptures that wouldn’t be out of place in the Tate Modern; and the walls are covered in bright, abstract prints. But the firm has now moved into […]

Survey singles out China, India as key markets for in-house counsel

China and India were rated as the most attractive emerging markets for UK businesses in a report detailing the role required of general counsel in emerging markets. The report, published by Baker & McKenzie, surveyed 51 board executives at FTSE 500 companies. Gary Senior, London managing partner said: “With the growing importance of emerging economies […]

Six under thirty

Six young lawyers, six entirely different career paths. The law doesn’t have to be predictable. Over the next few years The Lawyer will be tracking the progress of six lawyers under 30. By Jon Robins The newly qualified associate Oliver Court, Macfarlanes The Abdulaziz Al Bassam case had all the ingredients of a great tabloid […]

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