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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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Costs push Pilkington to North West firms

Glass manufacturer Pilkington is extending its City-orientated legal panel to include North West firms as the company reviews its legal services costs. Pilkington, which is based in St Helens, has predominantly used Slaughter and May and Herbert Smith for its external legal requirements. Pilkington’s group legal adviser and general counsel Clyde Leff says: “We haven’t […]

In a land of plenty

The Singapore authorities have made a limited number of joint venture licences available; and although they eventually extended the number, only eight have yet been awarded. There are then a number of conditions that must be met once licences are granted. IT systems must be aligned and non-domestic firms are not permitted to practise litigation, […]

A cracking good yarn

They say that it’s all in a name and Tulkinghorn was recently treated to the charming tale of Camilla Squirrel. The delightfully named Squirrel, now a legal recruitment consultant with HaysZMB, is the subject of a rumour. Nothing sordid, mind. No, the rumour has it that when her chosen university received her application they were […]

Thomsons takes on in-house technology lawyer

Leisure giant Thomson Travel Group has appointed its first in-house IT specialist. Karen Goh has joined the company from Masons. Her appointment comes after a radical overhaul of Thomsons’ legal function last summer. Until then the group had separate legal provisions for each division, such as Britannia Airways, Thomson Holidays and Lunn Poly. But under […]

Dentons and Freshfields advise Bouygues on 3G

The Lawyer can reveal that Denton Wilde Sapte and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer fought off a cluster of firms to advise Bouygues Telecom on its abortive bid for France’s third generation (3G) licences. Bouygues caused uproar last month when it pulled its bid on the eve of the auction, claiming the French government was asking for […]

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