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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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Brief encounter: Mace & Jones

There have been two defining moments in the 73-year history of North-West firm Mace & Jones. The first was the implementation of the Industrial Relations Act 1971 under Edward Heath. The new legislation turned the firm into one of the North West’s most highly respected employment practices, while making head of employment Martin Edwards one […]

Gouldens matches US trainee salaries

Gouldens has propelled itself into the realms of the US firms by increasing its trainees’ entry-level salaries to £30,000. The boost means 36-partner Gouldens pays significantly above global giant Clifford Chance for both trainees and newly qualifieds. Gouldens has always had a reputation for paying trainees and assistants more than many of its rivals. It […]

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It’s boom time at the employment bar. Colossal amounts of new legislation account for both an increase in the volume of work and a new slant on the nature of that work. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995, the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 and the Employment Relations Act 1999 have all led to an increase […]

Merger of Dutch

Merger of Dutch biotechnology companies IntroGene and U-BiSys, to form Crucell, and subsequent IPO. Financial adviser Goldman Sachs represented by Linklaters & Alliance (Paul Cronheim). Crucell advised by Allen & Overy, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Loyens & Loeff. Underwriters Goldman Sachs, ING Bank and UBS Warburg advised by Linklaters (Bill Hobbs and Stephen […]

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