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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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Heleniak awaits Shearmans vote

New York firm Shearman & Sterling will vote this week to appoint M&A lawyer David Heleniak as its new senior partner. Present incumbent Stephen Volk has been in the role for 10 years, and under the firm’s partnership deed is allowed to serve only two five-year terms. Heleniak, whose clients include Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, […]

DTI report slams CC over Mirror Group float

Clifford Chance takes brunt of criticism; Linklaters’ responsibility ‘limited’ Clifford Chance has been heavily criticised by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) report into Robert Maxwell’s business empire for its part in producing an “inaccurate and misleading” float prospectus. The firm is one of a host of City institutions to come under fire in […]

Beloff opts for Blackstone

Eminent public and sports law silk Michael Beloff QC has defied expectations and is to join Blackstone Chambers. The news ends 14 months of speculation and will be a major blow to Matrix Chambers, which he was expected to join. It is believed that Beloff received offers from all the leading public law sets apart […]

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Could this be the future of dotcom work? Deckchair.com is the online travel agency launched in 1999 by rock star Bob Geldof. Like many of its ilk, it has felt the pinch of changing market attitudes towards technology companies. Last month it laid off 13 of its 51 staff. World Travel Holdings, which also runs […]

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