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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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Inns-based chambers risk falling foul of disability laws

Chambers housed in the Inns of Court are struggling to comply with new laws governing the treatment of disabled people that were introduced this month. The new laws, which form part of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA), mean employers and service providers are now required to treat disabled people identically to the able-bodied or […]

Bar Council introduces new leadership

The Bar Council has elected One Crown Office Row silk Guy Mansfield as its new chairman. Mansfield is joined by 6 Pump Court’s Stephen Hockman QC as vice-chair and David Southern of 3 Temple Gardens Tax Chambers as treasurer. The three barristers take up their new roles on January 1 2005. Mansfield replaces Stephen Irwin […]

Ginestié hires corporate partner from EY Law

Paris boutique Ginestié Paley-Vincent & Associés has scooped a partner from French giant EY Law. Corporate partner Bernard Laurent-Bellue joined Ginestié in early October after four years with the former accountancy-tied firm. He specialises in M&A, private equity, leveraged buyouts and corporate governance and will be Ginestié’s twelfth partner. The firm undertakes a mix of […]

DLA makes double lateral hire for project finance

DLA is accelerating its push into project finance with the lateral hires of Debbie Barbour and Anil Mehta, previously associates at Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy respectively. They join the London office as partners, bringing to 26 the partner count in the project finance practice.

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