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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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Linklaters scoops rare IT services IPO for Phoenix

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Withers withered

Now this is more like it. Most weeks Tulkinghorn can be found penning withering words about the inanities and general crassness of most PRs. So how refreshing it is to report that one example of the art has reached his attention which displays the downright mean-spiritedness and back-biting that is so beloved by the journalistic […]

The work-life quiz

Nick Thomas, senior partner, Kennedys What was your first ever job? Cleaning the toilets in the Portland Hotel, Chesterfield; the coolest girls hung out there, so I was able to write good things about me on the walls of the ladies. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Having to formally prove, for the […]

TMT deals round-up

Masons (Angela Cha) advised insurance company Aviva on the £225m outsourcing of its document services to business process outsourcing provider Williams Lea. Nicholson Graham & Jones (Howard Kleiman) advised Williams Lea. Herbert Smith advised UBS as sole global coordinator, bookrunner, financial adviser and sponsor on the global offer of shares in Phoenix IT Group. When Phoenix began conditional trading […]

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