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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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MBRM signs up former EU ambassador to regulatory team

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Bernie Ecclestone puts Richards Butler in driving seat for Formula 1 ownership fight

Richards Butler has scooped prestigious first-time instructions from Bernie Ecclestone in the ongoing litigation regarding the future ownership of Formula 1 motor racing. Litigation partner David Warne and Ali Malik QC of 3 Verulam Buildings are advising the Formula 1 head honcho on his latest bout with the banks, which own a 75 per cent […]

Shepherd + Wedderburn wins F&C adviser role

F&C Asset Management, one of the five largest asset managers in the UK, has added Scottish firm Shepherd + Wedderburn to its legal roster. The appointment follows the merger last October of F&C (formerly Foreign & Colonial) and Isis Asset Management to form a new company with around £118bn under management. F&C’s legal department, headed by […]

Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pittman commit to merger

Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pittman last week finally confirmed their intention to merge. Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pittman last week finally confirmed their intention to merge. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (10 February), the two firms have signed a letter of intent to merge. When the deal is completed, the combined firm will have around 900 lawyers, spread over […]

Latham man joins Linklaters’ investment group

Linklaters has hired Latham & Watkins New York partner Scott Bowie to further grow its investment management practice in the US. Bowie, formerly head of the New York private investment fund practice at Latham, is the tenth lateral hire to join Linklaters’ US business since July 2003. Linklaters global investment management head Tim Shipton said […]

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