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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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The price of luxury

Corporate battles often make the headlines, but in the case of LVMH and Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (PPR), it got personal. LVMH is owned by Bernard Arnault, whose empire includes Givenchy, Krug and perfume giants Chaumet and Christian Dior. His arch rival Francois Pinault owns PPR, which comprises the Printemps store group and the La Redoute mail order […]

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White & Case Feddersen in Frankfurt has hired a partner from the German law firm Schön Nolte Finkelnburg & Clemm. Antje Mattfeld, who joins the firm’s corporate department today (2 April), will focus on M&A and competition law.

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Law is indeed the new showbiz. The Lawyer has been filled recently with ex-media luvvies trying to break into the profession. The comedian Rory McGrath, for example, has taken up a new role as head of legal at the UK arm of healthcare giant Bayer. McGrath, who has surprisingly just changed his name to Mark […]

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