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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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Richard Hastings, group legal counsel at Interoute Telecommunications (UK) Richard Hastings left Hammond Suddards, where he was an IT/IP assistant, to take up his role as group legal counsel at European telecommunications company Interoute. Hastings made the move because he sought a more commercial role within his area of expertise. He says: “I love my […]

A View From Berlin

In Germany, the days of the Bonn Republic now seem like a distant memory. The market town on the Rhine, whose only claim to attention is that Deutsche Telekom insists on maintaining its headquarters there, can return to being a sleepy settlement. It is now known only as being the short straw for a few […]

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Kirkland & Ellis is relocating partner James Learner to its London office. He will advise clients on private equity, leveraged buyouts, venture capital, M&A, fund formation and other corporate transactions. He moves over from the Chicago office and joins David Eich, who is returning to the London office after a year in the US doing […]

Nabarros to hold senior partner vote

Nabarro Nathanson’s senior partner David Bramson is retiring – leaving the firm facing an election to find a replacement. Partners seeking the role are yet to come forward, but there will be an election within six weeks. Bramson will retire at the end of the financial year after 32 years at the firm. He joined […]

Mishcons merges with niche firm

Michael Eaton, founder and senior partner of the six partner firm will act as a consultant at the merged practice while Eatons’ current managing partner Martin Dacre will act as a partner. Under the merged entity, Eatons will be kept as a whole, operating as a sub division of the larger firm’s company and commercial […]

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