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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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Celebrities – and Jeremy??

The offspring of celebrated lawyers are getting everywhere these days. It’s fairly common knowledge in certain circles that Allen & Overy telecoms partner Chris Watson’s daughter Emma is none other than Hermione Grainger in the Harry Potter films. Another lawyer-progeny-turned-VIP crept out of the woodwork at last week’s Hot 100 party. Tulkinghorn, who was quietly […]

Simmons in line for repeat work from Santander after CDO advice

Simmons & Simmons has closed its first deal for Banco Santander Central Hispano after advising the Spanish bank on its first managed collateralised debt obligation (CDO), and is in line for repeat instructions on the programme. The deal, a managed synthetic CDO, is the first transaction of its type structured by the Spanish bank and […]

Ex-Brobeck partners hit with $275m legal action

Ronald Greenspan, the trustee of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison’s bankruptcy estate, has issued a barrage of law suits against former partners, including ex-chairman Tower Snow, in a bid to recover some $275m (£146.3m) in distributions and bonuses. Greenspan, through his law firm Hennigan Bennett & Dorman, has filed suits against more than 220 partners, seeking […]

Simmons settles anti-Semitism claim

Simmons & Simmons has settled an anti-Semitism claim with rebel partner Robert Schon. The City firm has stated that tribunal proceedings are no longer continuing. It is understood that Schon will remain a partner with the firm. As revealed by The Lawyer last year, Schon, a tax partner, filed his claim against Simmons on 19 […]

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