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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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Osborne Clarke's German firm set for merger with Bapperts

Graf von Westphalen Fritze & Modest, the German ally of Osborne Clarke OWA, is in the final stages of merger talks with Bappert Witz & Selbherr in Freiburg. A vote will be taken in November, but both firms are confident the merger will go ahead to create a 64-partner firm. Graf von Westphalen, which has […]

Couderts hires for new media

New York firm Coudert Brothers has lured the managing partner of Preston Gates & Ellis’ Silicon Valley operation to its Northern California offices to build its technology, internet and new media group. Jim Topinka is a corporate securities specialist with a practice focusing on representing emerging companies in technology, manufacturing, retail and financial services. He […]

Cms Cameron McKenna

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Investors sue World Online float advisers

Advisers to the initial public offering (IPO) market are embroiled in a landmark row over who is to blame when the hype fails to deliver. Investors are suing Dutch internet company World Online because they believe the float prospectus was misleading, causing them to invest in a company that dramatically failed to live up to […]

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