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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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Clifford Chance West Coast hit by three partner losses in two days

Clifford Chance’s West Coast practice has lost another two partners, making a total of three defections in just one week. Securities litigation partners Dean Kristy and Kevin Muck, both San Francisco-based, are leaving for Fenwick & West. Their move arrives just two days after partner Craig Waldman jumped ship for Cooley Godward’s Palo Alto office. […]

Simmons scoops brief for broking arm of ABN Amro

Simmons & Simmons has leveraged its track record in advising venture capitalists on managed exits to win ABN Amro’s stockbroking arm Hoare Govett as a new client. Hoare Govett often uses Ashurst or Norton Rose, but Simmons partner Ed Lukins, who led the firm’s team advising Hoare Govett on the AIM float of Star Energy […]

Shearman tax partner defects to Watson Farley in NY

Watson Farley & Williams’ New York office has raided Shearman & Sterling for a new partner for the second time in 12 months. Stephen Millman, a senior partner specialising in tax and leasing, moves to Watson Farley’s New York office today (24 May). On joining he will be reunited with former Shearman partner John Imhof, […]

Cleary Gottlieb makes fourth raid on Linklaters

Cleary Gottlieb makes fourth raid on Linklaters” />Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has plucked a fourth Linklaters lateral, this time from its London derivatives and structured products group. The resignation of Simon Ovenden, a partner with Linklaters since 1997, was announced within the magic circle firm last Tuesday (18 May), when senior partner Anthony Cann […]

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Remember all the panic about the changes to accounting for work in progress (WIP)? Well now that the financial reporting season is in full flight, the one-off tax hit that Application Note G to FRS5 (doesn’t that name just make you feel warm all over?) will bring about is suddenly hideously close. It’s easy to […]

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