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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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A team from US firm Latham & Watkins, led by managing partner of the London office Joseph Blum, represented the State of Qatar in raising $1bn in the southern Arabian state’s first international sovereign debt offering. The debt was sold to US, European and other investors. The underwriters in the offering were Credit Suisse First […]

Summing up accountants

Accountants have radically improved the services they provide to lawyers, according to the fifth annual survey by The Lawyer, in association with Baker Tilly accountants. The results of this year’s survey – on how lawyers view their accountants – indicate that the majority of lawyers are happy with the services accountants provide, believing that their […]

In brief: Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is to open a training centre in Amsterdam in the next few weeks. The centre is aimed at improving the uniformity of Clifford Chance work across continental Europe in all practice areas. It is believed that all lawyers in the firm’s 14 European offices will be obliged to attend for 14 days training […]

McDermotts expands London litigation team

US firm McDermott Will & Emery has announced the appointment of three associates to its London litigation group. Nick Vodovich joins from Gouldens and Samantha McBain from Lovell White Durrant. Kate Learoyd will join the firm from Rowe & Maw in August. John Reynolds, who heads the litigation group, says: “They are lawyers of the […]

Hodgart Consulting merges with US firm Hildebrandt

A UK and a US legal consulting firm are merging to form what will be the largest consultancy of its kind in the world. UK firm Hodgart Consulting is merging with Hildebrandt of the US on 1 May to form Hildebrandt International in the first transatlantic union of legal consultants. Francis Quinlan, a senior consultant […]

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