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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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Loyens appoints Bertels chairman in board shake-up

Dutch heavyweight Loyens & Loeff has re-jigged its management board, with tax adviser Pim Bertels succeeding Philip van Hilten as chairman. Board member Ronald Pfeiffer, a civil-law notary and attorney, has also stepped-down and has been succeeded by attorney Maarten Das. Both van Hilten and Pfeiffer will continue to practise at Loyens. From 1 September, […]

A&O rebuilds corporate with Gianni capture

Allen & Overy (A&O) has made its first lateral step to rebuild its Italian corporate practice with the hire of M&A specialist Giovanni Gazzaniga from Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners. One of Gianni’s rising stars, Gazzaniga spent five years working directly under managing partner Franco Gianni. Gazzaniga is a specialist in joint venture agreements, acquisition […]

The work-life quiz: John Keffer

What was your first-ever job?Cashier at a student-run grocery shop at Georgetown University. What was your worst experience starting out in the legal sector?In my first two years of practice, my worst assignment would be to go to the financial printer and proofread a prospectus for a deal you knew nothing about. It’s a rite […]

Cartwright King doubles in size as Nelsons gives up practices

In one of the East Midlands’ largest-ever law firm mergers, criminal and business defence firm Cartwright King has taken the entire business defence and criminal law teams of former rival Nelsons. Sixty-three staff, including seven partners, have moved to Cartwright King’s offices in Nottingham, Leicester and Derby, more than doubling the firm’s numbers. The result […]

QC scores role on Fifa World Cup panel

FIFA has set up its first ad hoc arbitration panel with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to settle any emergency disputes that arise during the World Cup. Michael Beloff QC of Blackstone Chambers is the UK representative of the panel, which will have between six and nine members, with no more than two […]

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