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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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Shearman & Sterling top partners go west

Top US firm Shearman & Sterling is expanding its offices in Silicon Valley – sending over three top New York partners. The joint head of the firm’s international M&A practice Peter Lyons is moving to the West Coast, as are capital markets partners Danielle Carbone and Marc Rossell. At least one other partner together with […]

The Firm

A meeting between Jack Pratchard, Tom Henderson and a new client. Henderson: You know what our problem is Jack? Pratchard: Ermm, we’re comically incompetent and corrupt to such an extent that it’s unrealistic that we’re still in business – yet still manage to earn millions in a never fully explained fashion. Henderson: No, young Pinochet. […]

Asian firms advance into China

Leading Singapore firms Colin Ng & Partners and Drew and Napier have won licences to practise in China. The firms are the first in Singapore to gain permission on the back of China’s preparations to join the World Trade Organisation. Colin Ng & Partners is the associated firm of UK shipping specialist Sinclair Roche & […]

A View from Brussels

Traditionally, law firms in Brussels concentrate on EU competition law work. Much of this work has been the filing of merger notifications as support to major corporate departments in countries such as the UK, the USA, Germany etc. There have also been a number of successful EU boutique firms which have carved out niche practices […]

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