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Video: How to health check the anatomy of your legal matters

By Rob MacAdam With clients expecting more efficiency, transparency and value from their lawyers, it’s time for law firms to re-engineer their legal service delivery into real competitive advantage. In this video, Rob MacAdam, Director of Legal Solutions, identifies six elements that make up the anatomy of a legal matter, and discusses what improvements can be […]

Updates on proportionality of costs in court proceedings

By Gwendoline Davies, Claire Acklam Anyone involved in the conduct of litigation will be aware that the ‘overriding objective’, at rule 1.1 (1) of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), requires cases to be dealt with “justly and at proportionate cost”. Unfortunately, the question of what is proportionate continues to cause confusion and dispute.  In this latest […]

Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

By Susana Almeida Lopes Women represent 50% of the working population and are as much or more educated and qualified as men are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organisations, is a persistent societal problem, and there are (many) studies that, if concrete measures are not taken, […]

Franchise resales – should franchisors be involved?

By Emma Lusty It is a common misconception that a franchise network with a high level of resales is a bad sign. In fact, a healthy resale market is a good sign. It means that franchisees are able to build up profitable businesses which can be sold to recover a return on their initial investment and […]

New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

By Daniel Gera, Dorottya Gindl Gender equality may be a core EU principle, but it will not become a reality without effective legal action. To meet the EU objective of reaching a 75% employment rate for both men and women by 2020, the European Commission aims to change the existing legal framework. Thus, the European […]

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2018: European alliances key to survival

Prediction: The large independents will survive, but mid-tier firms will merge with international incomers, particularly from Asia Continental Europe has always been slower than the UK or US to catch on to trends in the legal market, and while there has been consolidation in the past few years Europe has escaped the mass mergers that […]

DLA Piper advises ABN AMRO on future plans

DLA Piper has advised the Central Works Council of ABN AMRO on employee consultation and corporate governance in the future plans of the Ministry of Finance. The shares in ABN AMRO are currently held by NL Financial Investments, which has publicly advised regarding a potential stock listing in the future. Attached to the advice are […]

Keyword advertising from a German perspective

By Katharina Reuer A recent German case from December 2012 — ‘MOST-Pralinen’, concerning keyword advertising — shows the significant margin of appreciation national courts have to apply to European Court of Justice (CJEU) case law.  In the MOST-Pralinen case, the defendant bid on the generic keyword ‘Pralinen’ using Google’s ‘broad match’ function. This function then added […]

Ince & Co advises UASC on 10-containership order with Hyundai Heavy Industries

Ince & Co Middle East LLP (Dubai branch) has advised United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) in the preparation and negotiation of bespoke shipbuilding contracts and related documentation in UASC’s largest ever newbuilding order. The order is for 10 containerships, along with option agreements for seven further vessels, with Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea. The construction […]

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