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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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Deals summary

Addleshaw Booth & Co (Corin Waller) advised Co-operative Insurance Society on the £48m acquisition of 111 Old Broad Street from Unilever Pension Fund. Hammond Suddards Edge (Christopher Brigstocke) advised Unilever. Lovells (Jacki Newstead) advised Regent Retail Parks Partnership on the sale of its freehold interest in St Mark’s Retail Park, Lincoln, to Mountgrange Investments, a […]

A&O joins rivals in US competition push

Allen & Overy (A&O) has become the latest magic circle firm to establish competition capability in the US Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer raised the M&A stakes last month, recruiting two lateral antitrust partners, and A&O has hit back, hiring Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz senior associate Michael Jahnke as a partner. Prior to working at Wachtell, […]

ADR to share top clerk with Hogarth

ADR Chambers has bolstered its management and administration structure with the appointment of one of England’s most experienced clerks It coincides with the set’s unique step of opening offices in Dublin and Hong Kong and its plans to open further sites in France by October and in Australia and the West Indies soon after (The […]

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