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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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Sex lines, MPs and barristers

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Cornell to focus on partner values

In the first interview since being elected, CC’s future CEO tells the lawyer his plans for the firm In his first major interview since his election to chief executive officer (CEO), Clifford Chance‘s deputy CEO Peter Cornell has renewed his call to focus on partnership values – but not at the expense of profitability. He […]

Corporate

Benfield Greig Group, the London reinsurance broker, buys US rival EW Blanch Holdings for £123m. Benfield Greig advised by Debevoise & Plimpton (Andrew Sommer) and Ashurst Morris Crisp (Jeremy Hill). EW Blanch advised by Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. Following the provisional liquidation of Daewoo in the UK, TWR Group acquires Daewoo’s technical centre […]

Ten faces of bcci

Peter Horrocks, Lovells Horrocks was the lead partner for Lovells acting for the liquidators from the moment the bank went down until his retirement in 1998. He was largely responsible for scooping the work for Lovells as he had worked closely with Deloitte & Touche previously, and he was the firm’s man in Abu Dhabi […]

Paul Rhodes quits Hammonds

The highly-rated head of Hammond Suddards Edge’s national insolvency and corporate recovery practice is retiring. Paul Rhodes, who is based in the firm’s Leeds office, has been head of the practice for two and a half years, since joining from arch rival DLA. He was managing partner of the then Dibb Lupton Broomhead between 1993 […]

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