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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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Denton Wilde Sapte has lost its place on the English Partnerships panel after an exhaustive eight-month review.The firm was one of the regeneration agency’s original five-firm panel, but was dropped from the new list of 11 advisers announced last week.Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Eversheds, Nabarro Nathanson and Pinsent Masons have all retained their places. New […]

Kirkland scoops Gibson restructuring head

Kirkland & Ellis has hired Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s high profile restructuring head Rick Cieri. Cieri is best known for his work for debtors and secured creditors and was debtors’ counsel in a host of Chapter 11 cases and restructurings including Solutia, Napster and Trans World Airlines. He joins Kirkland’s New York office. Cieri joined […]

Hammonds slashes partner drawings ahead of expected profit slide

Hammonds partners are bracing themselves for a crash in profitability, which has forced management to cut partner drawings by 12 per cent. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (3 February), a stunned partnership was informed of the situation at a meeting last Wednesday (2 February). It is understood that profit could drop by as much as 25 […]

Paul Hastings hires private equity star Toth-Feher

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has taken its first tentative step toward establishing a German presence with the hire of high-profile German private equity lawyer Geza Toth-Feher. Toth-Feher, who founded Dewey Ballantine’s German operation, has been charged with building a small team of German lawyers in the firm’s London office with a view to eventually […]

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UK firms gear up as class action culture hits Europe

UK law firms are preparing for a potential deluge of work if the floodgates to class actions across Continental Europe are opened. Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and France have all tabled proposals that in the next few weeks are likely to lead to a new culture of class actions on the Continent. Russia and Ukraine […]

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