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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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So the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has done it – £3.2m. Nice one, Johnnie Vickers. I let out a little shriek of delight when I heard. Not that I have anything against Napp Pharmaceuticals (which received the whopping fine). In fact, I had never heard of it before it made this unfortunate leap into […]

Corporate

So Clifford Chance is targeting corporate finance, which raises the obvious questions of why and how. Clearly, lots of strategy meetings telling partners they have to do more corporate finance is not going to change the face of the M&A market. If you’ve got any partners who don’t know that if you cross-sell you get […]

Linklaters-De Brauw marriage falls apart

De Brauw’s refusal to cut ‘non-core’ work leads to merger meltdown; Dutch firm left vulnerable to raids Linklaters & Alliance has suffered a major blow to its European strategy after the collapse of merger talks with Dutch member De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. The merger talks came to a dead end last week over the failure […]

The social worker

LeBoeuf’s James Johnson loves the London life but after six years he is looking forward to returning to New York, despite the different working style Stepping into James Johnson’s office at LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae is like stepping into a New York lawyer’s office as you would imagine it to have been about 50 […]

ITN appoints first head of compliance

ITN has hired John Battle as its first in-house head of compliance. Battle joins from Associated Newspapers where he was group legal adviser. He will head ITN’s libel panel and will have primary responsibility for pre-publication advice and other compliance issues. ITN’s director of business affairs and company secretary James Scorer says the appointment reflects […]

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