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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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DCA targets legal aid in asylum cases with new consultation

The Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) is launching a six-week consultation into proposed new legal aid arrangements for asylum seekers. Under a new appeals system coming into force in April next year, asylum seekers will be able to challenge decisions of the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal (AIT) in the High Court if they believe an […]

Weber adds name to list of Linklaters corporate departures

The exodus of Linklaters corporate partners is continuing following the departure of Rupert Weber. Weber, who has been a partner since 1998, is leaving Linklaters to join Maitland & Co’s corporate team as a director, based in London. He is the third corporate partner to leave the magic circle firm since it announced a reorgnisation […]

CCBE attacks EU money laundering directive

The Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) is calling for the requirement that lawyers report money laundering suspicions to be removed from a European directive. In the CCBE submission on the third money laundering directive, released today (November 9) the council says: “The requirements on a lawyer to report suspicions […]

Herbert Smith scoops Deutsche securitisation

Herbert Smith has landed its first securitisation for Deu-tsche Bank after triumphing in a competitive tender. The firm nudged out Deutsche’s regular advisers on securitisations – understood to include Clifford Chance and Linklaters – to act for Deutsche and JPMorgan Securities as lead managers on the issue of £1bn of notes by Paragon Mortgages. As […]

Separated at birth

“He’s a quirky little man, but I’ve grown to like him very much.” Now, does this refer to Herbert Smith’s new senior partner, litigation legend David Gold, or the idiosyncratic and inquisitive Belgian detective Hercule Poirot? Tulkinghorn for one can’t tell them apart. Exercising those little grey cells will be all the more important now […]

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