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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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The panel system as a defence tactic

Our front page story this week highlights an issue which goes to the heart of the debate on conflicts: client choice, or in this case, the lack of it. As our research shows, corporates or financial institutions which want to take on the UK’s major banks have precious little choice of legal advisers available to […]

Zurich cost-cutting sees global review of advisers

Insurer Zurich has launched a global review of its external legal services in a move to rationalise its legal spend and will form its first official panel of preferred advisers as part of the process. The review, which relates to the company’s corporate legal advisers and not its claims panel, which was reviewed in 2003, […]

Pinsents and Masons merger gets partners’ vote

The merger between Pinsents and Masons is set to go ahead after the firms’ partners voted in favour of the tie-up. The combination will go live in early December, creating a merged entity with £150m in turnover. The new firm, which will be known as Pinsent Masons, will house 240 partners, 900 lawyers and 1,500 […]

McDermott unveils Dorsey corporate hire for London

McDermott Will & Emery’s London office is bumping up corporate with a lateral from Dorsey & Whitney. Michael McFall is leaving Dorsey after six years at the firm. His clients include technology giant Intel, Pearson and US private equity firm The Carlyle Group. The hire of McFall follows the summer appointment of employment partner David […]

Minter Ellison gains Shanghai head from Masons

Australia’s Minter Ellison has raided Masons in China to strengthen its Shanghai office with a new figurehead. David Cox has been appointed to the new position of Shanghai head and replaces senior associate YiYi Wu, who has been the firm’s key contact in Shanghai since 2001. Cox joins from Masons, where he was a key […]

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