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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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GE counsel tops list of in-house high earners

General Electric’s (GE) general counsel has been named as the highest-paid in-house lawyer in the US, after pocketing a staggering $4.365m (£2.449m) in 2003. According to the latest statistics, compiled by industry magazine Corporate Counsel, Benjamin Heineman’s impressive remuneration package included bonuses totalling $2.89m (£1.62m), which is an 11 per cent increase on his 2002 deal. He also pocketed an extra $3,597,750 […]

Birchams takes on Richards Butler projects man

Bircham Dyson Bell has bolstered real estate and major projects with the arrival of Richards Butler’s head of development projects unit. Nigel Brown joins Birchams this week as head of the firm’s non-contentious construction unit, which services both the real estate and major projects teams. A specialist in both non-contentious construction and real estate development, […]

Former CC litigation head joins pals at Brick Court Chambers

The Bar has scooped one of its most high-profile recruits from the other side of the profession to date, with Brick Court Chambers securing the services of former Clifford Chance head of litigation Tony Willis. Willis, who joins the top commercial set next month, is one of a growing number of senior solicitors to switch […]

A genuinely moving story

Partners are often quirky, unpredictable creatures. Sometimes they can’t be beat for their loveliness, other times their behaviour just seems wrong. Take this sad story. Recently a partner (Tulkinghorn is unable to name him for fear of violence) en route by cab with his assistant to the Royal Courts of Justice, asked whether his underling […]

Grupo Torras ruling to decide on Caymans’ link with UK law

A Privy Council hearing next month in the Grupo Torras case – one of history’s longest fraud cases – could result in the UK’s overseas and Commonwealth territories gaining greater independence from UK parliamentary rule. The court will decide whether bankruptcy laws in the Cayman Islands – where the Grupo Torras case is being heard – which […]

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