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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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International eye: Italy

Husnara Begum on the month in Italy: Linklaters courts Giliberti for merger Once bitten, twice shy – but not in Linklaters’ case. After its split from long-term ally Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners, the magic circle firm has started merger talks with leading Milan-based M&A boutique Giliberti Pappalettera Triscornia e Associati in its efforts to […]

Luxembourg leader launches in London

Oostvogels Pfister Roemers has launched a London representative office, becoming the first Luxembourg-based law firm ever to open a UK operation. The new office will initially be staffed just one associate, Estelle Francais, who moves across from Luxembourg. However, the firm plans to move a second lawyer across later in the year. Stef Oostvogels, a […]

Links ramps up in Dubai with magic circle hires

Linklaters has raided its magic circle rivals for two senior associates to boost its Middle East practice ahead of the firm’s official Dubai launch later this month. The firm has appointed Allen & Overy (A&O) senior associate Luma Saqqaf as local Islamic finance head, while Clifford Chance projects senior associate Mark Craig joins the firm […]

On your marks – race for first law firm IPO begins

The news that an investment banker is talking to some of the largest firms about an AIM listing brings what is surely an inevitability one step closer. Once the white paper proposals on law firm ownership are passed, quite possibly later this year, the barriers to firms floating will have been removed. And the kudos […]

A&O, Slaughters secure OFT OK for Boots-Alliance Unichem

Competition teams at Allen & Overy and Slaughter and May are celebrating a win after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) indicated it would clear the pending £8.1bn merger between Pharmaceutical giants Boots and Alliance Unichem. Allen & Overy corporate antitrust partner Mark Friend led the competition side of the transaction for Alliance Unichem, while […]

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