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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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Allen & Overy (A&O) has appointed 22 lawyers to its partnership worldwide, including nine women, in its largest promotions round in three years. The increase in female lawyers, which represents 40.1 per cent of the total promotions, comes after the firm considered introducing a 20 per cent female partnership target by 2020 to better promote […]

Endless roadside rescue buyout: Walker Morris team on the case

Walker Morris has delivered for Endless on its FMG investment. A multidisciplinary team of lawyers at Walker Morris advised outsourced management specialist Endless on its investment in the management buyout of incident management and roadside recovery company FMG. FMG specialises in providing outsourced incident management services for a range of clients including insurance companies, corporates and […]

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Trowers gains licence to become first qualified foreign firm in Malaysia

Trowers & Hamlins has become the first firm to be granted a qualified foreign law firm (QFLF) licence in Malaysia after changes to the way foreign firms can practise in the country last June. The licence was approved by the Malaysian Bar Council and is effective from 4 April 2015. It will last three years, […]

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Dentons-McKenna Long tie-up: why it took 18 months to seal the deal

Dentons is basking in the victory of finally sealing the deal with McKenna Long & Aldridge yesterday following failed merger negotiations with the firm two years ago. But was it worth the wait? It is less than four months since Dentons, with great fanfare, announced it was to become the world’s largest law firm through […]

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