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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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Slaughters considers career progression shake-up

Slaughter and May is considering updating its traditional career progression structure and could expand the role of special adviser and consultants. The firm currently has two special advisers, who are remunerated on a different basis to senior associates but do not fall into its all-equity partnership. The move is a sea change for the traditional […]

Social media’s mortgage revolution does not materialise

Troubled times, when the cost of living rises while wages and the public purse are being squeezed, can produce some interesting, and even ingenious, attempts by debtors to avoid paying their dues. The recent case of The Mortgage Business Plc v Lamb is a good example of one such, particularly sophisticated, endeavour. The claimant lender (TMB) […]

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Hengeler adds third partner to London office to strengthen private equity

German firm Hengeler Mueller is relocating private equity partner Steffen Oppenländer to its London office to boost its offering in the City. The Slaughter and May best friend is the latest in a steady string of European firms to add capability to London in a sign of the City’s continuing importance as a hub for […]

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