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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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No place like home

Myra Garrett is quite an enigma. A self-declared “unambitious lawyer”, she has without any apparent design found herself at the forefront of William Fry, one of Dublin’s big five law firms. Garrett read law at University College Dublin and, like many other lawyers, fell into her profession. By her own admission, she studied law because […]

A&O instructed by Nasdaq for Easdaq share purchase

Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised the Nasdaq Stock Market on its acquisition of a majority share in European stock exchange Easdaq, its first major deal for the client. London partner Alan Paul has been working with Nasdaq for about a year, but had not performed a transaction for the client until now. It is […]

Eleven quit Simmons Italy for Alliance member Gianni

Simmons & Simmons’ Italian practice has lost an equity partner and 10 other lawyers to Linklaters & Alliance member Gianni Origoni & Partners following management restructuring at Simmons aimed at making it more democratic. Corporate partner Stefano Speroni leaves with of counsel Eugenio Grippo, as well as Andrea Giannelli, eight other lawyers and four trainees. […]

Hall takes over at Gordons Cranswick

Leeds-based Gordons Cranswick has shaken up its management structure by appointing a new senior partner. The role, which up to now has been split between two people, will be taken on by litigation partner John Hall. Former incumbents Richard Wilson and David Coates are quitting the partnership to take up consultancy roles with the firm. […]

The long overhaul

The court system in Ireland is facing up to the need for a major overhaul. The current litigation process is hampered by serious delay, bad organisation and the cumulative effect of an ageing court structure that has seen little change since it was established in 1924. The model for reform is obviously the radical overhaul […]

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