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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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Weil forms West Coast disputes practice

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A truly magical evening

The power of Tulkinghorn was on show last week at the Baftas. The power of Tulkinghorn was on show last week at the Baftas. Allen & Overy telecoms partner Chris Watson, father of acting star Emma (pictured), who you can see in the Harry Potter films, had obviously been stung by the implication that his […]

Somerfield turns to Dickson Minto after Baugur offer

Private equity boutique Dickson Minto is advising one of its biggest corporate clients Somerfield on an approach from Icelandic conglomerate Baugur. Name partners Alistair Dickson and Bruce Minto, best known for their private equity expertise, are leading on the deal on behalf of the Somerfield board. The retailer is a longstanding client of the Anglo-Scottish […]

Ozannes elects new managing partner

Leading Guernsey firm Ozannes has appointed litigation partner Robert Shepherd as its new managing partner.At the same time the firm has launched a dedicated trusts practice, to be led by partner St John Robilliard. Shepherd, who joined the firm in 2001 from Clifford Chance, succeeds Peter Harwood as managing partner. The firm is renowned for […]

Wiggins’ Olswang swoop reaps TV instructions

Wiggin & Co is set to scoop new instructions from TV stations Channel 4 and Five after recruiting senior associate Amali de Silva from Olswang. De Silva worked closely with media litigation partner Susan Aslan at Olswang, prior to which they were both at DJ Freeman, where Channel 4’s controller of legal and compliance Jan […]

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