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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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BLG creates associate director level

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has introduced a new management level of associate director in a review of career paths at the firm. BLG made up 36 associates to associate director in the first round, establishing the new role as sitting between associate and partner. The role was created this year as part of BLG’s […]

Fox Williams nets AIM specialists

Fox Williams has raided Canadian firm McCarthy Tétrault for a three-lawyer team to create a dedicated AIM group within its corporate practice. Corporate finance partner Richie Clark leaves McCarthy after six years to join Fox Williams, bringing with him corporate associates James Channo and Claire Price. Clark alone has guided clients on more than 40 […]

Emerging economies

Emerging economies Brazil, Russia, India and China are making full use of offshore jurisdictions. Traditional economic giants such as the US and UK need to keep up, says Daniel Mackelden The last decade has been marked by enormous changes in the distribution of wealth across the globe, driven primarily by the increased globalisation of economies. […]

Freshfields and Linklaters scoop Terra Firma infrastructure deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters advised on the latest infrastructure deal that saw private equity house Terra Firma sell a 50 per cent stake in a German motorway service station operator to Deutsche Bank’s infrastructure arm. Corporate partner David Higgins at Freshfields advised RREEF, the US infrastructure division of Deutsche Bank, on the sale of […]

Orrick raids Katten Muchin to boost real estate practice

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has strengthened its New York office with a double partner hire from Katten Muchin Rosenman. The firm has brought in real estate partners Marc Shapiro and Jill Block, following on from the capture of former Weil Gotshal & Manges partner Alan Pomerantz in May from real estate investment company ERE Advisors. […]

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