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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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Norton Rose advised HSBC Investment Bank in its role as sponsor to Brewin Dolphin Holdings on its placing of new ordinary shares which will raise £12m. The funds will be used to finance part of the proposed acquisition by subsidiary Brewin Dolphin Securities of Hill Osborne & Co. Norton Rose corporate finance partner Barbara Stephenson […]

New York armof Graham & James splits

San Francisco firm Graham & James is turning its back on its New York office in order to merge with Squire Sanders & Dempsey. The New York practice, which includes the firm’s highly rated intellectual property practice, is understood to be talking to a number of other firms about its future. Top IP partner Al […]

Denton International adds Hungarian office to group

Denton Wilde Sapte’s global alliance Denton International has added a Hungarian presence to the group. Budapest firm Sándor Bihary Szegedi &Szent-Ivány joins Denton International on 3 July. The eight-partner firm has a referral agreement with Denton International’s Austrian firm Lambert Grohmann Stolitzka Röhsner. Discussions with the firm started 12 months ago after the Austrian practice […]

One Essex Court suffers defection number five

Premier commercial set One Essex Court has lost another senior practitioner – its fifth departure in as many months. Michael Rollason, a senior junior specialising in commercial insolvency and company litigation, has quit to join rival “magic circle” set Brick Court Chambers. Rollason is rated as one of the top commercial senior juniors currently at […]

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