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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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DMH acquires presence in London with Fairbairns tie

South East firm DMH has launched a London presence with the acquisition of niche City practice Fairbairn Morris. The deal became effective on 5 March and marks the first move to the capital by the firm, previously known as Donne Mileham & Haddock. Fairbairns specialises in commercial property and litigation. The firm’s three partners will […]

Real Estate and Projects

Swiss Life buys Grade 1-listed Edwards Pavilion in Liverpool’s Albert Dock from the Commission for New Towns (CNT) for £10m. Swiss Life advised by Perkins & Company (Clive Bleasdale). CNT advised by DLA (Marc Carter). Developer Arrowcroft advised by Berwin Leighton (Peter Rudolf). Standard Life Assurance Company and Chancerygate Properties let nine units at Powergate, […]

Opinion

On 28 February, the Law Society debated reforms for self-modernisation, including a five-year strategic plan to promote solicitors as belonging to an independent and effectively regulated profession. The absurdity of the Law Society, in the face of a changing world, continuing to regulate only solicitors and not lawyers generally, is demonstrated in two recent cases, […]

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Globalisation of businesses and the use of the internet as a communication norm have contributed to the growth in media deals and disputes. Bigger deals, resulting in mammoth media organisations, and the impact of new laws on businesses, are some of the challenges that lawyers faced in the year 2000. As the law rapidly changes […]

Shearmans continues Euro drive with new Munich office

New York-based law firm Shearman & Sterling is continuing its expansion in Germany as it announces plans to open in Munich. It is expected that the new office, which will open in May or June, will initially be managed by Frankfurt and Düsseldorf managing partner Georg Thoma. Recruitment is already underway and a number of […]

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