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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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Gibson Dunn in UK hires rival partner

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is boosting its UK capability by taking on a highly-rated project finance partner from rival US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Andrew Thomas, who was with Akin Gump for three years, is the first lateral hire Gibson Dunn has made under the leadership of Nomura’s former general counsel Stephen […]

Singapore invites foreign firms to apply for alliance licences

The Singapore government is finally opening up the country’s legal market to foreign firms. The Legal Profession (Amendment) Act came into force last week and now the Ministry of Law is inviting applications for licences from local and non-domestic firms that want to form joint ventures and formal alliances. The move will allow outside firms […]

The third man

Ian Terry When Freshfields broke with tradition and made litigator Ian Terry managing partner, the cynics were quick to pounce. But, as Dominic Egan reports, the critics have been silenced and he is now leading a much happier firm. Nobody talks much about Ian Terry. But it’s his own damn fault. Impossible to dislike and […]

Akin Gump links with Foster Pepper

Akin Gump, the seventh largest law firm in the US, has signed an alliance with Foster Pepper & Shefelman. Foster Pepper, a 132-lawyer firm based in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, has linked with 900-lawyer Akin Gump to increase its international reach. The move gives Akin Gump a north-west presence in the US to add to […]

Lovells in German expansion

Lovells is showing its commitment to its European offices with the appointment of eight new partners to its German offices. The promotions come after the firm’s merger with Boesebeck Droste, which was first announced in July and officially completed at the beginning of the year. While the merger has been ultimately successful, there has been […]

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