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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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Case of the week

Historian and author David Irving (right) will himself become the subject of history books after losing his High Court libel action this week over claims that he was a holocaust denier. Mr Justice Gray ruled that Irving was anti-Semitic and racist. Irving, who wrote Hitler’s War, could now face defence costs of £2m. Professor Deborah […]

Four more firms set to join Ecomlex group

German, Dutch, Italian and Irish law firms are the latest to join a European e-commerce association. Ecomlex is being set up to advise international clients on new economy issues, such as cross-border internet start-ups and initial public offerings. The Lawyer previously revealed that Field Fisher Waterhouse, Swedish practice Advokatfirman Fylgia, and Scottish member firm Harper […]

US firm sets up provincial office

The technology firm is taking the bulk of Morgan Cole’s Thames Valley corporate practice, with lawyers Joe Pillman, Jonathan Loake and Kate Eavis all joining the firm. Brobeck’s London managing partner Tom Kellerman says: “We targeted the M4 corridor because it has become an internationally recognised technology centre. “Our new team will provide us with […]

Sidley & Austin Hong Kong founder joins Herbert Smith

Sidley & Austin is losing one of the founding partners of its Hong Kong operation to Herbert Smith, just a year after the office was established. Simon Meng, who is qualified in New York and Paris, has joined Herbert Smith’s reg-ional project group as a consultant due to the Hong Kong Law Society’s restriction on […]

Masons appoints top Morgan Cole lawyer

Morgan Cole has lost one of its leading lawyers to construction specialist Masons. David Isaacs, who has been with the firm for more than 10 years, will join the construction specialist as an equity partner. Company and business lawyer Isaacs is currently based at Morgan Cole’s Thames Valley office. He looks after the firm’s charity […]

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