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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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LG puts 35 per cent PEP hit down to trading conditions

LG has posted a 35 per cent drop in profit per ­equity partner (PEP) for the 2008-09 financial year, with ­equity partners taking home an average of £281,000 – down from £430,000 the previous year. Those at the top end of the equity will take home £510,000, equating to a decrease of £140,000, while partners […]

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Postcard from… Piraeus

It is now 20 years since I first arrived in Piraeus (the Greek port city which for this article is interchangeable with Athens) as a young shipping lawyer. I knew Greece a little from holiday visits and college friends from Greece, but thought I would be staying only 3 pleasant, island-hopping years. Well, I took […]

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Gide and Links handle Mechel debt manipulation

Russian steel giant Mechel has secured a deal to ­refinance $2.6bn (£1.58bn) of its short-term debt, ­leading to mandates for Gide Loyrette Nouel and ­Linklaters. Gide, acting for Mechel, is leading the transaction from Moscow, with banking ­partner Grigory Marinichev working alongside partner Michael Doran in London. Linklaters was instructed by the 27 lending banks. […]

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