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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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Herbies wins Fortune Brands mandate on Allied Domecq takeover

Herbert Smith has won its first instruction from Fortune Brands, the US group that has teamed up with Pernod Ricard to take over Allied Domecq. It is understood that Herbert Smith won the mandate after a referral from the US. Allied Domecq, the world’s second biggest spirits group and the owner of brands such as […]

Gleiss ceiling

Gleiss Lutz emerges from the sluggish German market as the top domestic performer, but the international firms still lead the way. Husnara Begum and Helen Power report The leading domestic German firms posted marginal increases in turnover for 2004 after a year of difficult market conditions. But Herbert Smith’s German alliance partner Gleiss Lutz bucked […]

The work-life quiz

Stephen McNulty, head of commercial property, Burgess Salmon What was your first ever job? Assistant on a ‘Test Your Weight’ machine at Southport fair. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Mistaking the shredder for a photocopier and destroying a root settlement deed. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find […]

Careers: In brief

Richard Barnett, senior partner of Southport conveyancing firm Barnetts, has been appointed as a director on the board of Pisces (property information systems common exchange standard). He is already chairman of Pisces’ lenders’ conveyancing workgroup. Pisces is an electronic data exchange standard designed for the UK property market that aims to ease information transfers between […]

Linklaters wastes no time in merging with Japanese firm

Linklaters launched Japan’s first fully merged law firm last Friday (1 April), taking advantage of the recent regulatory changes that opened the door to integrated partnerships between Japanese and foreign lawyers. The move followed the appointment last year of two name partners, Mitsuhiro Yasuda and Akihiro Wani, and 20 associates from leading domestic banking firm […]

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