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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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Instances of product recalls are on the rise causing companies and their insurers to bash out a new regime going forward. Stewart White and Nick Pester report A number of recent high-profile product recalls has reopened the debate over the need for recall insurance and where the legal liabilities lie. Recent research conducted by Reynolds […]

Tyco to split global legal function three ways

Tyco is overhauling its legal function and embarking on a massive recruitment drive to build three new legal departments to align with the three new companies it is set to convert into next year. Tyco’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) general counsel Trevor Faure is simultaneously kicking off a rationalisation of the 250 external […]

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Certain aspects of the revised Transfer of Undertakings Regulations could cost companies dear The long-awaited revised Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (Tupe 2006) have finally been published – and come into force on 6 April 2006. They will replace the 1981 version in its entirety. Some of the changes are welcome, such […]

Vinson boosts London energy with Lovells hire

Vinson & Elkins (V&E) has made its eighth hire in nine months, taking Lovells corporate finance lawyer François Feuillat. The Texas-based firm has hired to its US strengths, with its eight London hires all in the energy, corporate and project finance fields. David Manny and Raminder Singh both joined as project finance partners from US […]

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