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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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Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, New York’s largest law firm, is taking on top antitrust partners in Europe for its Brussels office. James Venit is moving from rival US firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, where he was Brussels senior partner. Venit acted for AOL on its $140bn (£92.8bn) merger with Time Warner. At Skaddens […]

Caribbean executions put on hold

English lawyers working for free have helped win a stay of execution for condemned prisoners in Jamaica and Trinidad. Three prisoners – represented by Allen & Overy, among others – were last week due to hang in Jamaica, despite contrary recommendations by the Human Rights Committee. They won a reprieve, however, after Law Society president […]

Pressure forces Lord Irvine to drop CFAs in family law cases

The Lord Chancellor has admitted he was out of step with government policy after backing down on his controversial plan to permit conditional fee agreements (CFAs) in family law cases. As the Access to Justice Bill was debated in the House of Lords last week, Lord Irvine bowed to widespread criticism that CFAs would encourage […]

Councils failing their tenants

Your 18 January edition carried an article, “A system in disrepair” in which various council chiefs and lawyers complained that solicitors specialising in tenant housing disrepair work enable their clients to unfairly jump the repairs queue. Our local newspaper recently reported the case of a tenant who has had to live in sub-standard housing for […]

Privatisation

David Eisenberg led a White & Case team advising on the privatisation of Qatar Telecom by means of an initial public offering. The offering of 45 per cent of its shares was valued at US$742m (u455.2m) – the largest ever equity in the Gulf region and first privatisation in Qatar.

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