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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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McDermott to advise on e-banking

The London office of Chicago firm McDermott Will & Emery is setting up a new practice group to advise investment banks on e-commerce work. The group, dubbed the financial markets technology practice, will be cross-disciplinary and will include US-based lawyers even though it is headed out of London. It will advise financial services institutions, software […]

Etiquette

Even with the not insignificant influence of globalisation and liberalisation, there is still a basic etiquette that needs to be followed in Japan. Non-domestic lawyers are forgiven much, but must at the very least appear to be trying. Tardiness If you are late, you are untrustworthy. It is as simple as that. Seating plan The […]

Technology, Media and telecoms

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and Pearson Television form independent production company Fresh Productions. Jamie Oliver and Pearson advised by Denton Wilde Sapte (Tara Donovan, Neil Vickers). Elderstreet Capital Partners makes £3.2m investment in Cataloga; first round backers Kennet Capital also make investment. Cataloga advised by Kemp & Co (Lucy Vernall). Elderstreet Capital and Kennet advised […]

Freshfields, Linklaters lead first quarter deals

Mid-size firms shoot up the rankings as US firms are forced out of the top ten Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters & Alliance continue to dominate M&A in the UK and the rest of Europe, according to the latest rankings by Thomson Financial. But this year has seen the resurgence of several mid-size firms. Rowe […]

Real Estate and Projects

Compass sells Regent Palace and Strand Palace, Cumberland Hotels, Posthouse Hotels and Heritage Hotels for an aggregate value of £1.3bn. Compass Group advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (James Davis) and Paisner & Co (David Levy, Rachel Phillips). London & Regional Properties, purchaser of Regent Palace and Strand Palace, advised by Lawrence Graham (Michael Fielding). Grand […]

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