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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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Allen & Overy is gearing up to fight in the latest City bidding war after its client, Allied Carpets, admitted that it had received offers for the company. The troubled retail giant, which has issued two profit warnings since May 1998, has received a 65p per share offer from its largest shareholder Wassall, which would […]

Putting a bet on CFAs

Last week, Linklaters’ head of advocacy, Mark Humphries, bought a racehorse and called it “No Win, No Fee”. His purchase coincides with his firm’s announcement that it will be the first magic circle law firm to advise clients to enter into conditional fee agreements (CFAs) as policy in certain cases. Linklaters is hedging its bets […]

Flotations & Financing

Denton Hall advised the Equitable Life Assurance Society on development of Basingstoke shopping centre Festival Place. The scheme is funded through a partnership between Equitable Life, Grosvenor Estate, Hermes and the National Provident Institution (NPI). Nichola West, property partner at Denton Hall, acted on the deal with corporate partner Charles Green and assistant Joanne Knibb. […]

This week

Expect a statement from the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, on the future of Old Bailey Judge Simon Goldstein, who directed a rape trial jury to decide their verdict in light of “millennium mores”. The jury acquitted police officer Barry Byrne. Human rights groups are calling for Judge Goldstein to be sacked.

Coming clean on money laundering

John Potts, head of corporate litigation, Clifford Chance Maurice Allen, head of banking, Weil Gotshal & Manges David Byrne, head of investigation, Titmuss Sainer Dechert The National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) last week published its annual report containing a stinging attack on lawyers for failing to report suspicious transactions which result in money laundering. In […]

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