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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Summit healthcare

This is the largest contract so far that uses the new NHS standard form project agreement. It involves a hospital’s refurbishment and part new build, the construction of two new ambulatory core centres, and facilities maintenance over the life of the contract.`Summit, advised by Jan Sanders at Ashursts, consists of McAlpine Healthcare, Building & Property […]

Straining training

If you, like Tulkinghorn, have spent many hours pondering over just what amazing skills trainees must have to command salaries of £30,000 plus, then the experiences of those at Wedlake Bell will help.`The City firm’s corporate finance team recently hosted a spring reception for journalists and clients at which Tulkinghorn unearthed the true value of […]

News in brief

Debevoise & Plimpton has made up nine partners throughout its offices. In London, corporate lawyers Colin Bogie and Geoffrey Burgess and tax lawyer Peter Schuur were all made partners. The new appointments bring the number of partners in the London office to eight. Those in the New York office are private equity lawyers Sherri Caplan, […]

BLP double partner hire sparks corporate launch for Belgium

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has launched a corporate practice from its Belgian office following the hire of two new partners.`The hires are part of BLP’s strategy to add a Belgian and cross-border corporate and technology capability to its EC practice, which was brought to the merger by Berwin Leighton.`Jean-Pierre Brusseleers was a partner at Derks […]

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