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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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Rosneft’s Russian IPO highlights dangers

The controversy surrounding last Friday’s (7 July) pricing of Russian state-controlled oil company Rosneft has given firms a reason to pause before acting on Russian AIM listings. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton was advising Rosneft on its London Stock Exchange listing, which is due on Wednesday (19 July). Linklaters had the more secure task of […]

No surprises in Linklaters’ senior partner election

In the end there were no shocks in the Linklaters senior partner election. Former corporate head David Cheyne cruised majestically to victory, while his rivals – finance head Giles White and banking partner Robert Elliott – graciously accepted defeat. Cheyne’s victory ensures a sense of continuity, but the smart money for the next generation of […]

Energy practices set to reap the benefits of Government review

It is not just energy lawyers who will reap the benefits of the Government’s review, with the expected surge in newbuild projects likely to create work for planning, construction, corporate and finance lawyers. City energy lawyers have welcomed last week’s Government energy review, with plenty of work expected across all sectors. It is not just energy lawyers […]

Olswang chief throws in Thames Valley towel

The head of Olswang‘s Thames Valley office has quit after six months as the firm’s ambitious growth plans have stalled. Paul Wilson, an Olswang board member, joined in January. He was previously chief executive of Birmingham barristers’ chambers St Philips and was hired with a remit to grow Olswang’s Reading office. Last Monday (10 July) […]

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