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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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Short’s Gunner be working late

There’s dedication to the cause, and then there’s Stephen Short. Simpson Thacher’s London acquisition finance geezer recently spent 14 days thinking about one thing, and one thing only – Arsenal’s Champion’s League return game against Real Madrid. Short travelled to the Bernabeu for the first leg, witnessing Thierry Henry’s superb individual strike first hand. Tulkinghorn […]

Lovells and DWS win planning consent for King’s Cross work

Initial planning permission for the King’s Cross regeneration project, one of the largest such projects in Europe, has seen the culmination of several years’ work for the planning departments of City firms Lovells and Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS). Lovells, led by head of planning Michael Gallimore, advised developer Argent on the project, which is expected […]

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Long-running Weil conflict case gets May trial date

Weil Gotshal & Manges will face trial in May over a long-running legal malpractice suit relating to allegations that the firm was conflicted during its representation of an unfair competition case. The matter, which first arose in 2003, stems from the firm’s representation of New Jersey store Fashion Boutique of Short Hills in an unfair […]

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