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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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Investors may think twice about Canada after the government scotched a major foreign takeover of a domestic company. Canada’s minister of industry shook the Canadian and international M&A community in May when he took the unprecedented action of blocking a major proposed foreign takeover of a Canadian business. Using the powers granted him under the […]

Milberg to pay $75m in deal with prosecutors

US firm Milberg announced yesterday that it had struck a $75m deal with prosecutors that will see criminal charges laid against it for a kickbacks scam dismissed. Beleagured US class action firm Milberg announced yesterday (16 June) that it had struck a $75m settlement deal with federal prosecutors that will see criminal charges laid against […]

Fladgate restructuring chief joins BLG

Fladgate restructuring chief Rupert Connell is to leave the firm to join Barlow Lyde and Gilbert (BLG). Connell has headed Fladgate’s corporate restructuring team since 2000 after joining the firm from Hobson Audley Hopkins & Wood (now Faegre & Benson). He will join BLG’s corporate team as a partner working under head of the restructuring […]

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DWF is to launch a niche insurance practice in London, with the hire of two partners from Davies Lavery, following that firm’s merger with Kennedys. The firm has brought on catastrophic injury partners Graham Dickinson and Claire Bowler in a move to expand out of its northern origins. DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland said that […]

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