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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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Gide makes Algerian connection

Gide Loyrette Nouel is beefing up its Algerian practice with the hire of an oil and gas expert. Djamila Annad joins Gide as an Of Counsel after 15 years as an adviser to the general manager of Algeria’s national oil company, Sonatrach, and will be the sixth lawyer in Gide’s Algiers office. Gide is currently […]

Memery Crystal in three-partner raid on Park Nelson

Memery Crystal has bolstered its commercial property practice with the appointment of three partners from London law firm Park Nelson. Eugene O’Keeffe, Colm Flood and Ruth Deehan have all joined Memery Crystal’s property department as from Park Nelson where they were also partners. The appointments increase Memery Crystal’s commercial property team to five partners, one […]

Herbies finalises RBS’s Cygnet deal

Herbert Smith has closed its first leveraged financing for Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) after winning a coveted place on the £100m-plus deals panel last November. The firm advised RBS on a successful funding package for Cygnet Healthcare, a provider of psychiatric treatment and care centres in the UK. The size of the deal has not been […]

Revealed: UK firms are world’s best exporters of legal services

Fourteen UK firms contribute 18 per cent of the £29.5bn total revenue of the Global 100; US leaders untouchable on profit The UK’s largest international firms are the most successful exporters of legal services in the world, is the key finding of the first The Lawyer Global 100 2004. Fourteen UK firms made it onto […]

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