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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 huge public interest in the outcome of Watson v British Boxing Board of Control is not surprising. After all, more than 12 million people in the UK alone watched the events which led to the case unfold on live television. Shortly after the referee stopped the fight between Chris Eubank and Michael Watson in […]

Clifford Chance fails to win judge bias claim

Clifford Chance has failed in its bid to have an arbitrator removed from a high-profile telecoms case for alleged bias. Canadian lawyer Yves Fortier had ruled against telecoms giant and Clifford Chance client AT&T in a contractual dispute with the Saudi Cable Company (SCC). SCC, represented by Freshfields, was awarded damages and costs earlier this […]

Slater Heelis set to merge with Colliers

Manchester-based firm Slater Heelis Sale is merging with Collier Littler – just a year after the firm was decimated following a three-way split by the original partners. Slater Heelis Sale was originally part of Slater Heelis, which broke up in 1998 when its senior partner Egan Brooks and six other partners joined Addleshaw Booth & […]

Debevoise consolidates London and Paris bases

US firm Debevoise & Plimpton is integrating its European operations by bringing its London and Paris offices under the sole leadership of new managing partner Jim Kiernan. Kiernan, who has headed the Paris practice for 12 years, will be based in London when he takes over as head of the joint offices in December. He […]

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