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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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New Covent Garden Market gig goes to TLT

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Firms go into battle for free trade

Lawyers from the US and UK lined up last week to back comments made by European Commissioner for Trade Peter Mandelson on the importance of free trade in the context of globalisation. Speaking at the annual British-American Business (BAB) Winston Churchill Lecture last Monday (9 June), Mandelson turned the spotlight on the current US presidential […]

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Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Linklaters and Simmons & Simmons have all scored roles advising on a £635m contract to provide flight training for the Ministry of Defence (MoD). BLP helped the Ascent consortium, comprising VT Group and Lockheed Martin, secure the 25-year deal. BLP finance head Simon Allan was supported on the deal by project […]

Mace & Jones launches ‘justice’ story competition

Northwest firm Mace & Jones is launching a short story competition on the theme of ‘justice’. The firm’s head of employment law and celebrated crime fiction author Martin Edwards said the firm is seeking to contribute to the city’s Capital of Culture celebrations. “The short story is a marvellous literary form I am passionate about,” […]

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