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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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Asian firms advance into China

Leading Singapore firms Colin Ng & Partners and Drew and Napier have won licences to practise in China. The firms are the first in Singapore to gain permission on the back of China’s preparations to join the World Trade Organisation. Colin Ng & Partners is the associated firm of UK shipping specialist Sinclair Roche & […]

Scuffle of the week

The Franklin Mint v the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. US fans of Diana can continue to collect the People’s Princess Doll, her ensembles and even a wardrobe/carry case. The maker of the doll has won its legal battle with the memorial fund, which sought to stop the company producing Diana memorabilia. Lawyers argued […]

Garretts wins work from major Freshfields client

Andersen Legal’s member firm Garretts has beaten Freshfields by winning work advising the magic circle firm’s long-term client, Scottish Widows. Garretts has set up and is advising on a £200m property fund. This marks a change for the life assurance mutual as it has used Freshfields for nearly all of its property work in the […]

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Death row prisoners in the US. Presidential candidate Al Gore has opened a debate around the death penalty after a study from Columbia University showed that two out of three sentences in capital-case appeals are set aside. In a statement that death row prisoners would probably agree with, Gore said:”If there is a study that […]

New York armof Graham & James splits

San Francisco firm Graham & James is turning its back on its New York office in order to merge with Squire Sanders & Dempsey. The New York practice, which includes the firm’s highly rated intellectual property practice, is understood to be talking to a number of other firms about its future. Top IP partner Al […]

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