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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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Herbert Smith dumps client on price-fixing case

Herbert Smith has pulled out of acting on one of the world’s largest price-fixing cases against a host of pharmaceutical companies because of uncertainty over fees. The firm’s client, Regent-GM Laboratories, is insolvent and this is understood to have led to concerns at Herbert Smith over whether it would be paid in full for its […]

Terror suspects detention at Guantanamo Bay condemned by legal leaders

The heads of 28 international bar associations and law societies have joined together to condemn the continued detention of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. In an open letter, signed at the annual general meeting of the American Bar Association this week, the leaders call upon the US to abandon the “review panels” currently […]

Herbert Smith secures ABF portfolio for best friend Cravath

Cravath Swaine & Moore has won Associated British Foods (ABF) as a new client, thanks to Herbert Smith. The New York firm is working alongside ABF’s longstanding legal adviser Herbert Smith, with which Cravath has a referral relationship, on the company’s £722m acquisition of the yeast, spices and herbs business from the Australian food group […]

Burness posts 17 per cent turnover hike

Scotland’s Burness has announced a 17 per cent rise in turnover, taking gross revenues to £14.9m compared with £12.7m the previous year. Turnover is now almost 50 per cent higher than in 1999-2000. Property and employment netted many new mandates as well as more work from existing clients. Burness also increased its employees last year, […]

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