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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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Berwin Leighton property partner Peter Rudolf acted for Legal & General in the sale of the freehold interest at 59-67 Gresham Street to CGI, on account of the German open-ended fund, HausInvest, for £203m. Rudolf was assisted by head of tax, John Overs and construction partner, John Hughes D’Aeth. CGI was advised by a team […]

Malaysian bar move to block foreigners

THE MALAYSIAN Bar Council is protesting strongly against a decision to allow foreign lawyers to practise there. At present, foreign lawyers can only act as consultants in designated areas and offer their services in offshore matters. New rights for foreign lawyers to follow enactments made 20 years ago under the Legal Profession Act 1976 only […]

In brief: Linklaters litigation

Linklaters litigation partners Diana Good and Andrew Henshaw have been cleared of misleading the court. The High Court dismissed allegations in proceedings brought by Sphere Drake Insurance against the Orion Insurance Company. Sphere Drake, represented by Clifford Chance, applied to set aside a judgment in a previous case between the two on the allegation that […]

Ireland's tribunal millionaire

If prominent Irish lawyer Eoin McGonigal kept a career scrapbook, it is unlikely that it would include the headline that made him a household name – and which prompted some cynics to refer to the Dublin Four Courts as the Four Goldmines. “Beef Tribunal’s First Millionaire,” trumpeted the headline back in 1994, spelling out in […]

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