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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Electrifying deal

Freshfields has been appointed as the legal adviser to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand for phase one of the privatisation of its thermal power plants. Shares in the privatised power companies are expected to be floated initially on the Thai stock market in 1997. Freshfields will be coordinating the work from its office in […]

Lloyds' new protectors begin review

Lloyds has gathered a task force of the great and good from inside and outside the insurance market to review regulatory procedures in the wake of its reconstruction and renewal programme. One of two outsiders in the 13-strong regulatory review group is John Kennedy, a former senior partner at Allen & Overy, a director of […]

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A knight into battle

Sir James Goldsmith is heading for a High Court libel confrontation with Euro MP Glyn Ford. Sir James is seeking damages from Ford over a piece headed “Today your love, tomorrow the world” which appeared in Tribune at the beginning of the month and another piece headed “Fears over nasty link to Sir James” which […]

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