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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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It takes two

It’s no accident that the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court are separate entities – and that’s how they should stay, argues Geoffrey Zelin. It is beyond doubt that the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court each offer judges of the highest quality. Moreover, there is a considerable overlap in their work. Many contractual disputes […]

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After Lehman: the winners, the losers, the opportunities

The City’s banks are clamouring for the cream of Lehman Brothers’ in-house lawyers, with many setting up special processes to deal with the demand. In a bid to stop opportunistic headhunting at Canary Wharf, JPMorgan has emailed a memo to recruitment ­consultants, asking them to stop forwarding CVs from Lehman, Bank of America and Merrill […]

PwC calls on Links as Lehman Bros goes into administration

Linklaters bagged the biggest UK instruction on the Lehman collapse, advising four Pricewaterhouse-Coopers (PwC) partners on the administration of Lehman Brothers International (Europe). New York-based Weil Gotshal & Manges is handling Lehman’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in the US, led by partner Harvey Miller. The deal is being led by Linklaters head of restructuring and […]

Sullivan, Munger Tolles on Buffett Goldman deal

Sullivan & Cromwell and Munger Tolles & Olson have snared the lead roles on Warren Buffett’s $5bn (£2.7bn) cash injection in Goldman Sachs, announced yesterday (23 September). Sullivan relationship partner for Goldman, John Mead is leading the New York-based firm’s team on the deal. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway fund has turned to longstanding adviser Bob Denham […]

Rival sets take in 25 Castle Street refugees

Liverpool-based criminal chambers 25 Castle Street has been dissolved, leading to its 30 tenants being picked up by rival sets 7 Harrington Street and Chavasse Court Chambers. Castle Street’s former head of chambers Stephen ­Riordan QC and Nicholas Johnson QC joined 90-barrister set 7 Harrington Street along with 15 other tenants. One Liverpool barrister said […]

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