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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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Three judgments by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 4 June ruled both for and against the use of golden shares by EU member states.In separate judgments, the ECJ struck down rules that let the French and Portuguese governments hold golden shares in former state-owned enterprises, but backed rules that allow the Belgium government’s […]

New York firms cash in on insolvency tide

Big ticket insolvency and restructuring work is keeping the fees rolling in to New York’s top law firms. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has asked a Chicago bankruptcy court to authorise payment of its $10.6m (£7.1m) bill to Kmart Corporation.While Skadden’s bill is high, it is small change compared with Weil Gotshal & Manges’ […]

ECB backs harmonisation of EU securitisation law

ECB general counsel pledges support to harmonisation of EU member states in bid to catch-up US The Fight for harmonisation of securitisation law throughout the EU received a massive boost this month when the general counsel of the European Central Bank (ECB) Antonio Sainz de Vicuna lent his support to lawyers arguing the case.At a […]

Cripps Harries Hall in IP drive with new hire

Cripps Harries Hall has appointed its first ever intellectual property (IP) partner to head the IP unit within the corporate department.Peter Jennings is a former partner and head of IP at niche City firm Pettman Smith. Prior to his time at Pettmans, Jennings was a partner at Theodore Goddard and Baker & McKenzie.Corporate partner Peter […]

White & Case considers Canary Wharf for new home

The London office of White & Case could be moving lock, stock and barrel to Canary Wharf. The US firm is understood to be considering a move away from its Moorgate base to an office in either Canary Wharf or the City.A source at the firm said: “The position is still being negotiated. We’re looking […]

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