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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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Lathams opens in Virginia as part of high-tech boom

US firm Latham & Watkins is opening an office in Northern Virginia – the start of a nationwide expansion into high-tech enclaves. The growing technology market near Washington DC has already attracted several US firms to the area, including Brobeck Phleger & Harrison and Wilson Sonsini Good-rich &Rosati. Lathams’ move is the start of a […]

White & Case leads fresh assault on German market

White & Case partners have voted overwhelmingly in favour of merging with German firm Feddersen Laule Ewerwahn Scherzberg Finkelnburg Clemm – marking the first major assault on the German market by a US firm since Shearman & Sterling moved in in the early 1990s. As a result of the move, White & Case will rank […]

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Manches represented the Burford Group on the £16.2m sale of The Observatory in Bracknell to British Airways Pension Fund Trustees, and on the letting of the 45,000sq ft gross contemporary office building to Towry Law on a 16-year FRI lease at an annual rent of £1.062m. Manches partner Nigel Brown led a team of three […]

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