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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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Marriot Harrison, the media specialist firm which is acting for Lucasfilm, the makers of Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. The firm is now helping Lucasfilm defeat the menace of the internet, after UK bootleggers pulled off the most sophisticated piracy job in cyberspace history. UK pirates are playing merry hell by distributing […]

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Potential trainees are greeted by Mr Henderson, Mr Pratchard and Mr Chalmers at The Firm’s annual open day. Mr Henderson: I want to assure you that The Firm does not choose trainees solely on where they were educated. Etonians are just as welcome as old Harrow boys in my book. Just as long as you […]

Courting international business

International courts are taking more business cases than ever before and the race is on to pick up this lucrative source of work. Matheu Swallow finds that UK firms are desperately trying to catch up with their US rivals. International litigation is booming. There has been an explosion both in the number of international courts, […]

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Corporate partners Janice Wall and Dick Russell (left) at Titmuss Sainer Dechert and property partner Simon McDonagh at Lovell White Durrant advised Chesterfield Properties on the corporate aspects of a class I property portfolio sale involving shareholders’ approval to GE Capital. The consideration was u93.5m. Quintain Estates and Development agreed to buy the property. Property […]

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