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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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McGrigors partner quits for West Coast Capital

Leading Scottish firm McGrigors has lost the head of its corporate practice to private equity house West Coast Capital. Paul Davidson will be joining West Coast Capital at the end of Janaury 2006 as its third partner. During his time a McGrigors Davidson advised West Coast Capital and venture philanthropy The Hunter Foundation, both were […]

Kirkland sparks city rumour mill

Want to know the biggest rumour in the City right now? It’s not the Linklaters senior partner election. Or BLP launching in Dubai – expensively.

Logo stick

Hold the front page. Word reached Tulkinghorn last week that the perennial winner of the Scottish self-promoting firm of the year award, Pagan Osborne, was bracing itself for the unveiling of a new corporate logo. According to the puff, the firm was “rebranding its visual identity and realigning its portfolio of services to reflect its […]

Partner of the month

Oliver BretzFirm: Clifford ChancePartner since: 2002Educated: Cambridge UniversityKey clients: Barclays, Telefonica, Citigroup, European Payment Council, Publishers Association, Heinz, Shell Clifford Chance staked its competition hopes on young up-and-comer Oliver Bretz. It was a gamble, but he has proven his worth time and time again. Most recently he won the main advisory role to the European […]

Simmons raids RB for Paris real estate team

Simmons & Simmons has raided Richards Butler for a new Paris-based real estate team. The four-lawyer team will be led by real estate associate Edouard Vitry, who will be responsible for the real estate practice in Paris. Vitry is a French qualified avocat with fourteen years experience in real estate. He joined the Paris office […]

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