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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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In brief: Paul Shrubsall

Paul Shrubsall, senior clerk at premier commercial set One Essex Court, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list. The award goes to Shrubsall for his “services to the barristers’ clerks profession”. Shrubsall, who has been at One Essex Court for almost 10 years, is a former chair of the Institute of […]

Freshfields acts for Nomura in £350m TV sale

Freshfields is acting for Japanese investment bank Nomura on its bid to find a buyer for its television supply arm Quadriga. Nomura acquired Quadriga in June last year when it bought the TV rental group Thorn for £980m. Quadriga supplies TV sets to hotels in 13 countries and has been valued by some at £350m. […]

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Clifford Chance acted for Exchange Fund Investment on the launch of the largest-ever tracker fund to be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The HK$33.3bn (£2.7bn) fund was four-times oversubscribed. A team of six lawyers at Clifford Chance’s Hong Kong office worked on the deal led by James Walker

Gearing up for mobile phone deluge

Chris Hodges, partner, Cameron McKenna Martin Bruffell, partner, Berrymans Lace Mawer Antony Colman, partner, Pritchard Englefield Concerns are now rife over whether mobile phones can be the cause of serious health problems. Last month, medical studies in Sweden and the US revealed that mobile phones have the potential to cause serious health risks, including giving […]

Ex-spy sues for rights of free expression

The Law Lords are to hear an appeal brought by one of the UK’s most infamous spies, George Blake. Blake is fighting to have a court order lifted that freezes the profits of his recent autobiography. After considering the matter in private, Lords Nicholls, Hutton and Hobhouse have now granted leave for appeal against the […]

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