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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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Regulatory Roundup

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Skadden stars secure top two places in M&A tables

Skadden stars secure top two places in M&A tables” />As first reported on www.thelawyer. com last Tuesday (10 January), Simpson topped Mergermarket’s 2005 pan-European league table by value of individual lawyers, advising on nine deals worth €70.63bn (£52.36bn) during 2005. Meanwhile, Hatchard took the number two spot after advising on 11 transactions totalling €70.7bn (£48.31bn). […]

Salou grabs top job at Orrick Paris

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has picked partner Stéphane Salou as its new Paris managing partner, following the completion of the US firm’s merger with Rambaud Martel. Jean-Michel Leprêtre, previously co-managing partner of Rambaud Martel, will support Salou in the new role. Orrick announced it was to merge with French independent Rambaud Martel in November 2005, […]

Plender bags WTO role

20 Essex Street’s Richard Plender QC has been appointed to the list of external legal counsel maintained by the Advisory Centre on World Trade Organisation (WTO) law. Plender has advised a number of states on WTO disputes, and has appeared as a panellist in proceedings including a 2004 investigation into the US’s measures affecting the […]

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