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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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Arnheim quits Landwell

Landwell’s former senior partner Chris Arnheim has left the firm just a few months after stepping down from the top job at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ accountancy-tied firm. In a surprise move last December, Arnheim moved into what the firm termed a “full-time client role”, despite the fact that he had done little fee-earning since joining Landwell at […]

Ince & Co lands Sinclair Roche shipping expert

Former Sinclair Roche & Temperley partner Michael Stockwood has joined Ince & Co‘s shipping team. He specialises in shipbuilding disputes and acts for shipowners, shipyards and banks, with a focus on Norway.

Global concern

Different countries have different priorities when it comes to international tax information exchange. Anthony Travers says the OECD is keeping a watchful eye on the offshore world During the past five years, offshore jurisdictions have become more respectable after being subjected to a series of initiatives that have introduced the highest standards of anti-money laundering […]

Lukoil forms adviser panel

Russian oil company Lukoil is setting up its first ever legal panel to regularise its process of firm selection for global work and reduce rates. Norton Rose and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld are the traditional advisers and it is understood that White & Case has handled work for the oil giant out of […]

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Allied Domecq general counsel Len Quaranto is no stranger to billion-pound transactions. Husnara Begum talks to the man who’s expecting even more deals in the coming year Since Allied Domecq’s general counsel and company secretary Len Quaranto joined the group in August 2001, the international spirits, wine and fast food restaurant business has been on […]

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