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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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Hengeler Mueller selects new management

Slaughter and May’s German best friend Hengeler Mueller has elected a new management team replacing its managing partners for Frankfurt and Dusseldorf. Christof Jackle will take over from Hendrik Haag as head of the Frankfurt office. While Matthias Blaum take on responsibility for Dusseldorf from Gerd Krieger. Both appointments are for a two-year term. Haag […]

Bates Wells makes double hire from Reid Minty

London-based firm Bates Wells & Braithwaite has scored two new partners from Reid Minty in an effort to beef up its practice. Martin Gunson joins as a property partner and corporate partner Jonathan Ebsworth is to head the newly created sports and media group. Additionally, solicitor Lesley Robinson has been promoted to property litigation partner, […]

Sidley Austin clients round on tax shelter ruling

More than 40 former Sidley Austin Brown & Wood clients are to appeal a ruling by a US federal judge last week, ordering the US firm to turn over clients’ names to the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) in relation to a tax shelter investigation. In November 2003 a Senate subcommittee report revealed that legacy firm […]

College of Law and LSC to create Legal Aid LPC

The College of Law and the Legal Services Commission (LSC) have teamed up to create the first legal aid orientated LPC.Called the ‘public legal services pathway’, the new LPC will be available from 2005 at the college and also Cardiff Law School. The course will offer two new modules, advanced criminal litigation and housing (subject […]

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