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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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Gloster, Dame Elizabeth – Hot 100

Not satisfied with being one of the bar’s top earners, with an annual take-home pay of some £2m, this year Dame Elizabeth Gloster rose further up the slippery ladder when she was appointed the first female judge of the Commercial Court. The post has particular kudos, as the court oversees the country’s largest cases in […]

Keal, Tony – Hot 100

He may be aggressive. He may be abrupt. He may even, on occasion, be a little bit rude. But when you are as good as Tony Keal, you can get away with it. One of the doyens of the leveraged finance business, Keal built up Allen & Overy’s lender practice from nowhere in the 1990s […]

Lex Mundi boosts Advisory Council by four

Lex Mundi has added four new in-house lawyers to its Client Advisory Council. Lex Mundi has added four new in-house lawyers to its Client Advisory Council. Jan Eijsbouts from Dutch company Akzo Nobel, Audi’s Martin Wagener, Madeleine Kleiner of Hilton Hotels and Roderick Palmore from the Sara Lee Corporation join eight existing general counsel from […]

Toff at the top

The most delightful Freshfields email of last year came courtesy of top poshie Hugh Crisp. In a missive mistakenly addressed to the entire partnership headed ‘Plentiful before lunch and scarce thereafter’, Crisp regaled the firm with his tale of a grouse-shooting trip with former colleague Mr Peck. “212 in all, Peck shot brilliantly, the rest […]

Norton Rose halves German turnover with Cologne sale

Norton Rose halves German turnover with Cologne sale” />Norton Rose has seen its German turnover cut in half following the completion of talks that see the firm’s Cologne office move to CMS Hasche Sigle. In one of the biggest lateral moves in Germany since Norton Rose took on the Cologne branch of collapsed firm Gaedertz […]

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