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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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DWS gears up for French restructuring boom with domestic alliance

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has launched an association with French independent Poulain & Associés to strengthen its French insolvency expertise. The firms linked up on 1 July, pooling their restructuring and private equity expertise. The association is to be run by Poulain partner Philippe Matignon and DWS partner Constantin Achillas. The move comes three months after Linklaters hired restructuring partners Aymar de […]

McGrigors recruits QC for regulatory push

McGrigors is making a rare hire from the bar as 18 Red Lion Court silk Jonathan Fisher joins the firm’s tax litigation and regulatory team. Fisher will start work at McGrigors in September, initially as an employed barrister but later as a partner when he requalifies as a solicitor. He will advise on business crime […]

Italy opens legal sector to full competition

The new Italian government has thrown open its legal market to full competition after scrapping minimum fees for lawyers. As first reported by The Lawyer (12 September 2005), the European Commission threatened legal action against Italy last year to combat anticompetitive regulatory practices such as minimum fee caps and advertising bans. The Italian government passed […]

Standard Chartered bolsters in-house with IT law hires

Standard Chartered has bulked up its IT law capability with the appointment of private practice lawyers in its Singapore and London offices in an effort to broaden its in-house team. The investment bank has hired associate Denis Low from London-based technology boutique Kemp Little. Stephanie Bennett, an associate from the Hong Kong office of Bird […]

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