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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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Shearman lures Freshfields senior associate

Shearman & Sterling has hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer financial services senior associate Barney Reynolds as counsel. With the addition of Reynolds to its English law capability, Shearman has gained another ancillary service to support its core corporate and M&A practices. UK M&A partner Adrian Knight said: “We anticipate significant M&A activity as the financial sector […]

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Peter Rook QC made chairman of Criminal Bar

Peter Rook QC has today (1 July) taken over as chairman of the Criminal Bar Association. Previously the vice-chairman, Rook succeeds Bruce Houlder QC. Rook vowed to support the modernisation of the criminal justice system while also defending its basic freedoms. “It is the responsibility of all those agencies who work in the criminal justice […]

Camerons migrants programme 100% success

CMS Cameron McKenna has won 100 per cent of its immigration cases for highly skilled migrants since January 2002. The firm has now successfully acted for 40 highly-skilled migrants applying to live and work in the UK without a prior job offer. This amounts to around 10 per cent of the 338 permits issued by […]

Brobeck loses global co-chair

Troubled US firm Brobeck Phleger & Harrison has lost the co-chair of its global venture capital practice just weeks after the mass defection of 17 partners to Clifford Chance.John Montgomery has left the firm to join 40-lawyer corporate boutique Carr & Ferrell. He will start at his new firm later this month.Montgomery is the firm’s […]

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