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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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It is a sign of the times when deadly rivals Weightmans and Hill Dickinson enter merger talks. Could we see DLA entering negotiations with Hammond Suddards? Perish the thought. Following our story last week that Groupama Insurances was to cull its legal panel, it is clear for small to medium-sized firms in the insurance market […]

Commercial and regional bar miss out in silks list 2000

The commercial bar and the regions have been dealt the poorest hand by this year’s silks list. Most noticeably, magic circle sets One Essex Court and Fountain Court failed to secure a single new QC between them, although they are both understood to have made several applications. However, this can simply be seen as redressing […]

CC and Mallesons enter merger talks once more

The saga of Clifford Chance’s on-off affair with leading Australian practice Mallesons Stephen Jaques is underway once more. Merger talks between the firms are to resume later this year but the practices have yet to name a date. As revealed in The Lawyer last year, Clifford Chance shelved the merger talks, which would have added […]

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A year after the National Criminal Intelligence Service criticised law firms for their lack of awareness over money laundering, David Wigan reports on what the profession is doing about its poor record for detecting dirty money When it comes to money laundering the problem is that few lawyers are 100 per cent sure what it […]

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SJ Berwin acted for Wellington Square Development Company following its successful bid for a £37.4m project to redevelop Stockton-on-Tees town centre. The firm advised on a tranche of financing, planning and lease agreements with retailers situated on the site. Property partner Tom O’Grady acted with a team of three. The Bank of Scotland, which documented […]

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