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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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The Leader column

It’s not been the best week for the public image of lawyers. First off was the news that Equitable Life is to review the role of its advisers in the House of Lords battle which led to a £1.5bn payout over disputed benefits. Denton Wilde Sapte has found itself in that particular firing line. Then, […]

Real Estate and Projects

Delancey Estates sells portfolio of four shopping centres for £121m to four single purpose vehicles established by Dunedin Property Investment Company. Delancey Estates advised by Gouldens (Suzanne Billington, Giles Elliot). Dunedin advised by Macfarlanes. Sunderland City Council transfers 36,000 homes to the new Sunderland Housing Group. Sunderland City Council advised by Trowers & Hamlins (Ian […]

Taylor steps over Mudd to make Walker Morris managing partner

Leeds stalwart Walker Morris is radically overhauling its management team. Current managing partner Philip Mudd, who has held the position for the last three years, is stepping down at the end of the month. Only one person, banking and insolvency partner Michael Taylor, was nominated for the role. He was voted in on Friday (30 […]

Linklaters sends Jones to Germany to develop European IP integration

Linklaters & Alliance is sending one of its top London intellectual property (IP) partners to Germany in a bid to integrate the European practice into the rest of the group. Nigel Jones, who has been in charge of coordinating the team in London run by partner Jeremy Brown, will move to the firm’s Cologne office. […]

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