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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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Bar Council calls for major changes to Legal Services Bill

The Bar Council will call for three major changes to the draft Legal Services Bill today (8 June) as it gives evidence to the joint committee scrutinising the new legislation. The Bar wants the committee to consider the powers of the Legal Services Board (LSB); the arrangements for complaints handling; and the cost of the […]

Freshfields and Simmons handed RBS securitisation

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simmons & Simmons have won the mandate to advise Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on the latest in a series of chunky collateralised loan obligations (CLOs) by the big banks as they clear up their balance sheets. RBS plans to launch a £3.5bn securitisation linked to its sterling corporate loan book. […]

Reed Smith and Richards Butler vote in favour of merger

The partnerships at the UK’s Richards Butler and US firm Reed Smith last night voted to confirm the merger between the two firms. Both votes were carried with an overwhelming majority. Between 98 and 99 per cent of the partnerships voted in favour of the merger. Richards Butler needed just two-thirds to vote in favour […]

BLP snares Slaughters big-hitter

Slaughter and May Paris corporate finance partner Antoine-Audoin Maggiar is to join Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) in a surprise move, ending months of speculation about his destination. As revealed by The Lawyer (19 December 2005), Maggiar announced his intention to leave Slaughters when the firm agreed to cede its French partners to best friend Bredin […]

The Lawyer Awards

Do not forget The Lawyer Awards 2006 on 27 June, where in-house teams and individuals will feature prominently. In-house achievers will be highlighted through the Commerce and Industry, Technology Media and Telecoms (TMT), Banking and Financial Services and European Teams of the Year, while there is also an award for the individual in-house lawyer of […]

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