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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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Are firms being led up the garden path?

Thirty years ago, there were two ways out of law firms for partners: “They were either dismissed for incompetence or they died,” says David Dalgarno, employment partner with McDermott Will & Emery. But the massive changes undergone by City firms over the last 20 years have left their mark on the old partnership ideal. The […]

Flotation

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Bank calls up two US giants for BOC sell-off

Two Transatlantic heavyweights have been called in to advise on the joint u7.2bn takeover bid by Air Liquide and Air Products of British Oxygen (BOC). In a twist that has puzzled the two firms involved in the deal, Chase Manhattan Bank, the senior debt arranger for the $7bn (u4.4bn) financing deal, has instructed different US […]

IBM's legal chief quits to launch consultancy

IBM’s most senior UK lawyer is quitting the computer giant after 29 years to set up his own consultancy. Duncan Campbell will stand down in November from his current role as senior counsel responsible for millennium Y2K issues to IBM EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa). For seven years, until December 1995, Campbell was general counsel […]

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