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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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Blake Dawson hires Brits for Japanese practice

Australian firm Blake Dawson Waldron has significantly boosted its Japan practice by making two UK hires. The firm, which operates a Japanese practice out of Australia, has bolstered the group with the appointment of former Lovells corporate partner Rupert Lewi and Allen & Overy senior finance associate Jim Hunwick.

Corporation of London cuts back City’s votes

The voting powers of lawyers working for law firms based in London’s Square Mile have significantly declined following a change of rules by the Corporation of London. Most affected will be UK firms with a high proportion of their partnerships based outside of the City. Since 1851 all unlimited liability partnerships, as well as sole […]

Real estate deals round-up

Nabarro Nathanson (Malcolm Iley) advised Leicester City Council on a £300m integrated waste management PFI project. The contract will be delivered by Biffa, advised by Cripps & Shone (John Gabbitas) and on construction matters by Lester Aldridge. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Mark Wheelhouse) advised Cinven on the real estate aspects of its £204m recommended cash offer […]

Pillsbury hires Wilson Sonsini’s New York co-founder for East Coast push

Pillsbury Winthrop has widened its recruitment drive to the US East Coast after taking on the co-founding partner of West Coast rival Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s New York office. Babak ‘Bo’ Yaghmaie is joining the firm’s corporate and securities group where he will specialise in high-tech, life science, investment bank and venture capital clients. […]

Trainee solicitor salaries swell as Law Society Council steps in

Trainee solicitors have welcomed a “modest” pay in-crease, which sees minimum salaries for trainee solicitors rise from £14,600 to £15,300 in central London and from £13,000 to £13,600 in England and Wales, following a review by the Law Society The society has also boosted its recommended minimum salary in London from £15,600 to £16,200 and […]

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