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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Wragges scores GlaxoSmithKline

Wragge & Co has been appointed to the new GlaxoSmithKline panel as the chemical giant’s sole UK adviser for IT and telecoms work The client win follows the formation of Wragges’ technology group this January.GlaxoSmithKline began a wholesale review of its external legal counsel in the wake of the 2000 merger between SmithKlineBeecham and Glaxo […]

Deals summary

Ashurst Morris Crisp (Jonathan Nabarro) advised BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole d’Ile-de-France and the Royal Bank of Scotland on a e240m (£148.37m) financing of a public-to-private deal relating to Trédi Environnement and initiated by Séché Environnement. Séché advised by Brandford-Griffith Baverez Cotty (Henri Brandford Griffith). Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (Verner Southey) is advising Hiscox Syndicates on […]

Halliwells hires signal London growth strategy

Manchester-based firm Halliwell Landau has hired two senior partners in London in its drive to build a City presence to rival other national firms Simon Hardwick, managing partner of 13-partner London firm Hardwick Stallards, and Finers Stephens Innocent property partner Nicola Armstrong have joined Halliwells.Halliwells now has 10 partners in London. Partner Clive Garston who […]

Weightmans takes on Reynolds Porter lawyer

Weightman Vizards has recruited its first lateral hire since the merged firm took effect on 1 May Reynolds Porter Chamberlain professional indemnity lawyer John Bennett will join insurance rival Weightmans in London.

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