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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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Orrick gains SEC recruit for securities litigation push

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has landed a former lawyer from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its Washington DC office. James Meyers is joining as a securities litigation partner from the SEC where he was assistant chief litigation counsel in the division of enforcement. Meyers’ appointment is one step in Orrick’s ambitious stance […]

Vinson opens in Tokyo while closing Singapore

Vinson & Elkins has opened a new office in Tokyo and closed its Singapore branch. Tokyo will assist US clients investing in Japan. The Chinese practice has also forged a consulting relationship with its former administrative partner Handel Lee, who will become chairman of China’s King & Wood on 18 October. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com […]

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House rules

What happens when a bankrupt’s house has negative equity? This year’s changes to the Insolvency Act provide the answer. Adrian Hyde reports This year saw the first major revision of the personal insolvency provisions of the Insolvency Act 1986 come into effect. On 1 April the amendments to the Insolvency Act came into effect through […]

Stephensons boosts corporate team to eleven

Stephenson Harwood has reappointed former corporate finance partner Peter Bradley, bolstering the London corporate team to 11. Bradley left in December 2000 to join KLegal (now McGrigors), which he left in March when the firm restructured its London corporate team.

FSA’s tough line forces Invesco legal shake-up

SEC fine and UK regulatory burden spark massive investment in legal function Asset management company Invesco UK is to double its in-house legal expertise following the $450m (£249.5m) fine imposed on its parent company Amvescap by the Securities and Exchange Commission for improper trading. The revelation coincides with claims that the wider UK financial services industry is […]

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