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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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Norton Rose has advised German property fund Commerz Grundbesitz Investmentgesellschaft (CGI) on the off-market sale of Linklaters’ headquarters to Beacon Capital Partners. Norton Rose real estate partner Robin Mitchell led the work for the vendors, while Ashurst Hugh Lumby acted for the buyers. Norton Rose helps CGI with Linklaters HQ sale Norton Rose has advised […]

Cloisters reshuffle to focus on the little guy

Cloisters chambers has overhauled its strategy in order to reinforce its reputation as a crusader fighting for the rights of individuals against authority. The set has formed four new groups: the system, workplace, health and creativity. It has also introduced an internal strategy group, which it has named the JPM Group after Cloisters’ famous former head and […]

Townsend picks Tokyo for first overseas foray

San Francisco-based IP firm Townsend and Townsend and Crew has opened an office in Tokyo. The move represents the first international expansion in the nearly 150-year history of the firm. The office, which will be known as Townsend IP Law, is led by special counsel Hitoshi Akiba, a Japanese patent lawyer and member of the […]

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Eversheds, Berrymans win HoL asbestos-related comp case

Eversheds and Berrymans Lace Mawer have won a controversial House of Lords case limiting the amount of compensation which can be claimed by the victims of asbestos-related diseases. Eversheds, acting for Smiths Docks and British Shipbuilders, and Berrymans, acting for construction giant Corus, successfully fought a conjoined appeal against previous decisions awarding damages to the […]

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