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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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Covingtons tie-up boosts City practice

US firms Covington & Burling and Howard Smith & Levin have merged to form a 400-lawyer firm, to be called Covington & Burling. The union ends rumours that Covington & Burling, which has a dual capability office in London, was about to merge with US firm Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz. Head of corporate at […]

In brief: Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith partner Denis Chemla has been appointed as legal adviser to Kosovo’s temporary administration, United Nations Mission in Kosovo, to aid the process of legislative reform in the war-torn region. Paris-based Chemla is heading for Pristina on 27 September, where he will work for three months in the Office of Legal Affairs.

Acting confidently to build confidence

Certain sections of the media took great pleasure in reporting allegations about goings on at Cameron McKenna and its CIS group. For a while the hacks were round the door writing stories of wrongdoing at the heart of a profession that just a few weeks earlier The Lawyer had reported to be riding high as […]

Case of the week

Microsoft v the US Department of Justice. Hordes of bemused spectators heard the closing arguments of a titanic struggle between the world’s largest software company, headed by Bill Gates (pictured) and the US government, which is accusing Microsoft of being a monopoly, of increasing costs for the consumer, and of curbing industry innovation. Presiding judge, […]

ICI appoints a new company secretary

Chemicals giant ICI – currently restructuring its business – is appointing solicitor Debjani Jash to company secretary to replace Ken Rushton. Jash, who has been a solicitor in the group’s eight-lawyer legal department for four years, takes up the post on 1 January, replacing Rushton, who is retiring after 31 years in the post. ICI […]

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