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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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Simmons lands ITCC instruction

Simmons & Simmons, US firm Swindler Berlin Shereff Friedman and Australian telecoms firm Gilbert + Tobin have won key roles as advisers to international bandwidth trading company The firms won the work on a competitive tender which they found out the results of last week.Bandwidth is the technology that determines the speed of an internet […]

Shadbolts handed bioscience instruction

Shadbolt & Co, KLegal and SJ Berwin have advised on the £25.5m third-round funding of biotechnology company Microscience, with Shadbolts advising the company. The investment was provided by Advent Partners and JP Morgan, as well as existing backers Merlin and Apax Partners Funds. The deal cements Shadbolts’ relationship with Microscience, which it nabbed from Clifford […]

Law Society hindered by Data Protection

The Law Society is adding an extra seat for an ethnic minority lawyer to the Law Society Council, but the Data Protection Act has prevented the society from mailshotting ethnic minority solicitors to ask them to apply As elections are this Wednesday (20 March), the Law Society is concerned that not enough candidates will come […]

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As beloved as those technical intricacies and the minutiae of a contract may be to many lawyers, there are few among you who would say: “Tax is sexy, tax is cool.” So what chance a tutor to convince his students of just that?Well, it seems that the College of Law in York has a wizard […]

Trowers hooks up with Qatari firm

City firm Trowers & Hamlins has established a formal association with Qatari law firm Hassan Alkhater Law Office A local presence will increase Trowers’ chance of making successful bids on projects. To date, the firm has not been successful in a single bid for a project, said Nick Edwards, Trowers’ international projects partner, who specialises […]

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