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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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Sérvulo and Ferreira join forces for global focus

The Portuguese legal market has seen its second merger this month, with Lisbon’s Sérvulo Correia & Associados announcing a link with Ferreira Pinto & Associados. From January 2008 the two firms will come together as Sérvulo. The firm will handle public law and corporate work and boast around 70 lawyers. Rui Medeiros and Fernando Ferreira […]

Herbies dispute specialist joins Camerons

CMS Cameron McKenna has hired Herbert Smith senior associate Ben Holland to its partnership. Energy disputes specialist Holland will join Camerons’ energy, projects and construction (EPC) practice in London. EPC head Penelope Warne said: “The firm’s energy disputes work has been expanding fast, both in terms of volume and scope. We’re responding to increased client […]

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Credit crunch prompts CC redundancies in NY

Clifford Chance has laid off six associates from its structured finance group in New York. The lawyers worked in a practice group that worked exclusively for credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and the work for that group has stopped following the credit crisis. A Clifford Chance spokesperson said: “This is a direct response […]

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Star performers report growth above 20 per cent

Ashurst, Bird & Bird, Herbert Smith, Nabarro and SJ Berwin are the star performers of the financial year at the half-year stage. All five firms have increased their fee income by more than 20 per cent during the first half of the year. Ashurst and Herbert Smith both increased revenue by 25 per cent while […]

Charles Russell steers market switch for Aricom

Charles Russell has capitalised on its blossoming relationship with JPMorgan Cazenove to land a lead role on an Anglo-Russian mining company’s move from AIM to the main list. The top 50 firm advised JPMorgan Cazenove and Canaccord Adams as the joint brokers and sponsors to Aricom, which has titanium and iron ore assets in Russia. […]

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