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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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Taking the mike

A new source of amusement has arisen for Tulkinghorn at Government press conferences. Whereas in the old days hacks were forced to project their voices to ask a question, at the last couple of Department for Constitutional Affairs briefings there have been a couple of flunkies running around with microphones. Presumably the change is for […]

Mental block

A uniform international patent process is still years away, but some US law firms are taking matters into their own hands. Julian Crump and Carl Kukkonen report The international harmonisation of patent laws holds much promise for business, but while discussions within the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) remain stalled and the parallel process among […]

Norton Rose stands firm on strict exit strategy

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Ashurst and RB complete Battersea Power Station sale

Ashurst and Richards Butler have negotiated the £400m sale of London’s iconic Battersea Power Station, transferring control of the derelict landmark from Hong Kong ownership to Irish investors. The sale is a boon for Ashurst, which is set to score the lucrative and high profile ongoing mandate for the £2bn redevelopment of the 38-acre site, […]

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