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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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City showdown for Fisons takeover bid

Slaughter and May and Allen & Overy are squaring up in the £1.7 billion hostile takeover bid for Fisons by US drugs company Rhone-Poulenc Rorer (RPR). Slaughters’ team, acting for RPR, is led by corporate partner Tim Clark, who headed the firm’s team for investment bank Kleinwort Benson in its £1 billion acquisition by German […]

Moving up to the frontline

With an ambitious president and the first new executive director in 15 years, what direction is the International Bar Association going to take? Think of the IBA and you may think of a monolithic organisation which provides practical support but lacks dynamism. Its two new chief officers hope not. “Sometimes the IBA has been criticised […]

In brief: Sixth insolvency practitioner licence

Sinclair Roche & Temperley solicitor David Middleburgh has obtained his licence to act as an insolvency practitioner – only the sixth solicitor in London to take the title since the qualification criteria were tightened in 1989. Middleburgh, a commercial lawyer, has extensive experience of advising on corporate insolvencies, particularly on an international level.

Pension review deadline looms

The Law Society is urging firms which were involved in pensions transfers and opt-outs to ensure they meet the interim end of year deadline to review such cases. The firms are required by the SIB to investigate such cases following the pensions debacle where large numbers of clients were wrongly advised to transfer or opt […]

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