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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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Lovells guides Axa through motor insurance securitisation

Lovells has strengthened its ties with insurance company Axa by advising on its latest securitisation. The Lovells team, led by capital markets practice area head Sharon Lewis, advised the firm and its French, German, Italian and Spanish subsidiaries on the €450m (£302m) securitisation of Axa’s pan-European motor insurance portfolio. Lovells first advised Axa in 2005 […]

Trowers chief dismisses new Middle East competition

Trowers & Hamlins senior partner Jonathan Adlington has dismissed claims that top City firms launching in the Middle East pose a threat to the firm’s own local practice. Adlington made the bullish statement in the July edition of The Lawyer Podcast, which is a radio-style programme available on the internet. It is available to listen […]

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