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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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Court unawares

Training company Bond Solon ran into a storm when the Court of Appeal held that coaching witnesses is entirely improper. Jon Robins reports on what it means for witness preparation “There’s no place for witness training in our country. We don’t do it. It’s unlawful,” Judge Roger Sanders told a Crown Court jury last year. […]

DWS loses its place as English Partnerships picks new panel

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has lost its place on the English Partnerships panel following an exhaustive eight-month review. The firm was one of the regeneration agency’s original five-firm panel, but was not among the list of 11 advisers announced last week. Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Eversheds, Nabarro Nathanson and Pinsent Masons have all retained their […]

Lewis Silkin bolsters social housing practice with new partner

Lewis Silkin has snagged a rated social housing partner from boutique firm Jenkins & Hand. Naomi Goode joined Lewis Silkin on 14 February as a partner in its housing and project finance team, where she will bolster the firm’s work for housing associations. Goode’s clients at Jenkins & Hand include London-based associations Islington & Shoreditch, […]

Linklaters wins Spanish purchase for Capio

Linklaters‘ London office has completed a major Spanish acquisition for Capio, a long-term client of its Swedish practice. The magic circle firm advised Capio on the acquisition of Spanish healthcare group Grupo Sanitario IDC from CVC Capital Partners. The instruction is significant because Linklaters has not managed to cross-sell all of Capio’s work. The pan-European healthcare […]

MoD demands more value from advisers

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is asking its external lawyers to be more accountable and to offer added value. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is asking its external lawyers to be more accountable and to offer added value. The move follows the launch of a new private finance unit last week, to be headed by Nick Prior, […]

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