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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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A&O slides to third in finance rankings

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) banking and finance practice is losing ground to those of its magic circle rivals as Clifford Chance widens its lead in turnover terms. During the past financial year Clifford Chance’s banking and finance practice ­generated £500m in fees; Linklaters’ took in £465.5m; A&O’s was £447m; and Freshfields ;Bruckhaus Deringer’s ;brought ;in […]

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By the book: Thomas Murphy, William Hill

He may sleep easy at nights, but the US ban on internet gambling and restrictive tax and competition regimes mean William Hill GC Thomas Murphy has plenty to occupy his waking hours. William ;Hill ­general counsel and company secretary Thomas Murphy operates in a legal and regulatory minefield. As he explains: “Gambling is one of […]

Dorsey repairs London litigation with Eversheds hire

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There may be rubles ahead

The increasing mobility of international families and its strain on relationships has made it necessary for private client lawyers to understand the complexities involved in dealing with international divorce. The wealthy need to plan for a variety of challenges – tax, business and economic risk, succession and trade. Unfortunately, many of those involved in London’s […]

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