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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Stephenson Harwood fills senior partner role

Andrew Sutch has replaced Tony Scales as senior partner of Stephenson Harwood Scales, senior partner since April 1999, is due to retire from the firm.Sutch has headed the firm’s funds and financial services group for a decade, and the corporate department for five years. He said: “My partners expect me to be visible both inside […]

Camerons ups European stakes with Italian coup

Camerons alliance achieves presence in Italy for first time; Simmons expands with Paduan practice The Italian legal market has entered the New Year in a flurry of activity with Cam-eron McKenna’s CMS alliance signing an Italian member for the first time and Simmons & Simmons’ Italian operation sealing a merger in Padua.Nineteen-partner Adonnino Ascoli & […]

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On the face of it, it looks like a blow. Nine partners – almost a third of the firm’s German partnership – leave Norton Rose’s Cologne office. But in fact, it looks as if they’ve simply saved the Norton Rose management some time.Roger Birkby, ever phlegmatic, talks of the nine defectors’ “different style” of working. […]

Ashursts restructures P&H for MBO

Ashurst Morris Crisp has advised Palmer Harvey McLane (P&H) on various restructuring proposals, which culminated in a management buyout (MBO) offer with Ashursts acting for the management.P&H is the UK’s largest delivery wholesaler, with a turnover in excess of £3bn. The company started out in tobacco wholesaling, but has diversified across food and alcohol, supplying […]

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