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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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Kirkland raids Ashurst for private equity partner duo

Ashurst has lost two corporate partners to the City office of US firm Kirkland & Ellis. The Lawyer understands that Gavin Gordon and David Arnold have been placed on gardening leave and that their start date at Kirkland is yet to be finalised. There have been a number of departures from Ashurst’s corporate practice this […]

Trio of firms close £370m West Midlands schools PFI

Addleshaw Goddard, Trowers & Hamlins and White & Case have helped close a schools PFI project in the West Midlands. The firms acted on the first stage of the £370m ­Wolverhampton City ­Council Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project. The scheme involves modernisation of buildings, ICT and facilities for the 26 schools that educate secondary […]

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Baker & McKenzie prepares to elect Conroy replacement

Baker & McKenzie is set to have a non-US-based chair when incumbent John Conroy stands down later this year. Conroy, who has sat on the firm’s global executive committee since 1998, is not seeking reelection following two three-year stints at the helm. His replacement will be elected at the firm’s partner conference in October, but […]

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Can you imagine getting up every morning four hours before you are due at the office to take part in a gruelling training regime, only to spend another three hours in the gym as soon as you finish work? For some, this is a situation that has become the norm because they have pinned their hopes on ­competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games. […]

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