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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Allen Allen & Hemsley loses top Singapore partner to Freshfields

Australian firm Allen Allen & Hemsley’s Singapore office is losing a leading securities partner to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The departure of office head David Simpson leaves the operation with only one remaining partner in Steve Clifford. Simpson has been with the firm since 1985, making partnership in 1994. He specialises in corporate and securities work, […]

Lovells raids Germany

Lovells Boesebeck Droste has hired two German partners from White & Case‘s Frankfurt office, Oliver Kessler and Thomas Schrell. Securities partner Kessler, who joined White & Case in June 1999 from Wessing Berenberg-Gossler, has acted for clients such as Deutsche Telekom, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan and CSFB. He will be spearheading Lovells’ drive to capture […]

Fight for the rights

This year, Pearson launched the biggest rights issue the UK has ever seen in order to raise the capital to buy National Computer Systems. Dearbail Jordan notes the effects four months on WHEN Gary Rincke, former London managing partner of US firm Morrison & Foerster, joined Pearson on 1 July, the company was about to […]

Clifford Chance woos Wolf Theiss to plug Austrian gap

In its latest quest for European expansion, Clifford Chance is courting the Austrian firm Wolf Theiss & Partners. But Vienna-based Wolf Theiss stresses that it is keeping its options open, although it does not deny that it is in talks with Clifford Chance. Wolf Theiss partner Richard Wolf says: “We are in a position to […]

Orchard rocked by Altheimer attack

CHICAGO-based firm Altheimer & Gray is swooping in on niche City practice Orchard and taking the entire corporate finance team. Four partners, three of them corporate and one in property, are leaving the 10-partner firm. They are head of corporate finance Nick Davis, and his partners Jon Lovitt and Susan Breen, and property partner Nicky […]

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