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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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CC says: free willies

Clifford Chance‘s global head of corporate Peter Charlton did his bit for Anglo-Sino relations recently when he volunteered to give a team of Chinese lawyers a guided tour of the magic circle firm’s Canary Wharf headquarters. According to the genial Geordie, the swimming pool was free for all of them to use. And if they […]

Olswang seals City property sale

Olswang has landed a deal advising on the £325m sale of the Mid City Place building in London’s High Holborn. Corporate partner Paul Blackmore and real estate partner Stephen Hughes led the team acting on the deal, representing clients of Delancy and Invista Real Estate Investment Management, who owned the property. According to Blackmore, Olswang […]

Rees returns to roots for Welsh City launch

Cardiff-based Hugh James is to launch its first office in London, and has recruited Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman outsourcing partner Phillip Rees to launch the new base. Rees, most recently a partner in the intellectual property team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman, will head the new operation. Before joining Shaw Pitman (just before it merged […]

The efficacy – or otherwise – of covenants

Partners in law firms are more mobile than ever before. Firms are prepared to adopt aggressive expansion policies. The legal press is full of reports of firms making raids for the partners of other firms and of star performers being prised away from their current firms with lucrative remuneration packages. But is it that easy […]

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