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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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Simmons identifies its next managing partner

Simmons & Simmons’ head of financial markets Mark Dawkins is to replace David Dickinson as managing partner of the firm. He is standing unopposed after being the only nominated partner to confirm that he would run for the role. The appointment is expected to be confirmed at a partners’ meeting in December. Dickinson stands down […]

UK Supreme Court’s costs estimated at £7m per year

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, gave evidence to the Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee last week, estimating the cost of the proposed Supreme Court to be £7m per year. It is a figure that will concern many. Currently, the cost of the Law Lords sitting in the House of Lords is a little over […]

Sidley names new managing partner in Asia

Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has chosen a new managing partner for its Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore offices. William Fifield, managing partner of Sidley’s Dallas office, will take over from Kenneth Cote in March 2005. He has been with the firm for 33 years. Cote will return to Sidley’s New York corporate practice […]

Glazer frustrated as Man Utd board tries nipping bid in bud

Is the MUFC board’s rejection of Glazer in the best interests of the shareholders? By Helen Power The hostile bid is back. And you don’t get much more hostile than the feelings of Manchester United FC (MUFC) supporters towards Malcolm Glazer, the Flor-idian who is trying to take over the company.Glazer’s gnome-like appearance has given the […]

Latham makes up a record thirty-one partners

Latham & Watkins is following aggressive expansion with the largest partnership class in the firm’s history. On 1 January 2005, 31 new lawyers will be promoted to the partnership, comprising 29 associates and two counsel. They represent all five of the firm’s departments and 12 offices across the US, Europe and Asia. Most of the […]

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