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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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Clifford Chance man returns to the WTO

A top World Trade Organisation (WTO) legal consultant seconded to Clifford Chance is to return to the WTO as an in-house counsel. Peter Morrison, who will once again hold the title of senior legal adviser, acted as first port of call for the WTO at the firm as well as working for Reuters, a client […]

Linklaters appoints first Managing Partner for Asia

Andrew Roberts, a Linklaters partner with years of experience working in Asia, will oversee the management of Linklaters’ five offices in the area – Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shangai, Singapore and Tokyo. Roberts, who will be based in Singapore, will co-ordinate regional marketing and resourcing initiatives to promote Linklaters’ corporate and finance practices in the region. […]

Herbert Smith to advise London Stock Exchange

Herbert Smith is advising on the demutualisation of the London Stock Exchange. The exchange’s 298 member firms will vote on 15 March regarding proposals to turn it into a shareholder-owned company, with an estimated value of more than £400m. Herbert Smith corporate partner Stephen Barnard is leading a six-strong team on the proposal. Other partners […]

Libel law reforms due this month

Newspapers will be able to avoid expensive defamation trials by making an offer of amends, involving a published apology and an appropriate costs./ damages settlement. If the offer is refused, papers can use the offer as a defence when a case goes ahead, and to use to argue for a lower damages pay out. Judges […]

KLegal takes head of telecoms at Rakisons

KLegal, the law firm associated with top five accountants KPMG, has poached the head of telecoms from City firm Rakisons. Chris Hoyle is one of the leading telecoms lawyers in London, and his departure will be a big blow to Rakisons. The telecoms practice generates nearly a quarter of the firm’s turnover. Hoyle is the […]

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