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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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Smaller firms feel the pinch as legal giants gain ground

Smaller firms in London and the regions are losing public listed clients to the largest national and City firms, according to a survey by business directory The Quarterly Review. The directory lists all plcs based in the North and Midlands and their principal legal advisers. Its table (below) shows the net changes in the number […]

Leading US firms in search of UK suitors

Leading firms in Washington DC and New York have put themselves up for sale with an eye to attract UK firms in a “merger of equals”, states a Washington-based legal search firm. Klein Landau & Romm’s Garry Klein said two profitable Washington DC practices had entered the market after their senior partners conducted a review […]

Financing

Project finance partner Stephen McGairl of Freshfields advised lenders including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on the $348m financing of the first phase of the development of the hydrocarbon reserves around Sakhalin Island in the Russian Federation. The project company, The Sakhalin Energy Investment Company, was advised by partners Peter O’Driscoll and John […]

Andersens chose Wilde Sapte over rival Simmons' bid

Simmons & Simmons’ failure to link with Arthur Andersen was the result of losing a beauty contest with Wilde Sapte, it has emerged. It had been thought that Simmons had decided not to be taken over by Arthur Andersen. However, The Lawyer has learnt that Andersens had been conducting talks in parallel with both Wilde […]

Waiting with bated breath for a popular reform

Lawyers are hoping for a public interest fund with real teeth that will boost the reach of publicly funded justice, writes Elizabeth Davidson THE general thrust of the Government’s plans for the reform of legal aid has been met with a chorus of disapproval from the legal profession. There is, however, one promised reform the […]

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