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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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Banking & Finance Special Report: Bank checks

The recent turmoil in the banking sector has prompted a new regulatory regime aimed at reducing the impact of failed banks. By Nicola Evans Recent events have highlighted a ;number ;of ;serious ­weaknesses ;in ;the ;UK ­regulatory framework. As a consequence, the Treasury, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and the Bank of England (BoE) have […]

US quartet advise on $41bn Merck buyout

A quartet of US firms has won lead roles on Merck’s $41bn acquisition of pharmaceuticals rival Schering-Plough. Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson partners David Shine, Philip Richter, William Reindel and Damian Ridealgh led a team advising Merck on the deal. Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz partner Andy Brownstein advised Schering-Plough. Merck is a longstanding […]

Ogier appoints new managing partner for Jersey

Ogier has appointed advocate Matthew Thompson as managing partner of its Jersey office. Thompson replaces Nick Kershaw who has been promoted to group chief executive. The firm said Thompson would continue with his client work as well as his role as cross-jurisdictional lead for the firm’s litigation practice. The news comes as the firm also […]

HBJ office move points to headcount boost

HBJ Gateley Wareing has taken advantage of the weak property market to move into bigger offices in London. The firm has boosted its office space by 50 per cent after moving from Bishopsgate into Fleet Place House in the City. HBJ currently has 50 staff in London, but plans to hit 75 in the near […]

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