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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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CC returns to take Euro M&A crown

Clifford Chance has retained its position as top legal adviser in European M&A according to preliminary figures published by Mergermarket for the third quarter of 2005. The magic circle firm advised on 189 deals worth Eu 196.8bn, Eu 47bn more than magic circle rival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which ranked number 2 after advising on 147 […]

A&O, Linklaters land roles on 50-year inflation-linked bond

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CC in Lovells private equity swoop

Clifford Chance has raided Lovells’ German practice for a five-strong private equity team, including German private equity head Oliver Felsenstein. As revealed exclusively on www.thelawyer.com (20 September), Felsenstein quit the firm last week to move to Clifford Chance’s Frankfurt office. Felsenstein is taking a team of four associates with him. Clifford Chance’s German private equity […]

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