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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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Bristows quartet become solicitor-advocates

Four intellectual property (IP) specialists at Bristows have qualified as solicitor-advocates in a move that brings the total number of solicitor advocates at the firm with full rights of audience in civil courts to five The newly qualified advocates are partners Alan Johnson, David Wilkinson and Justin Watts, together with assistant solicitor Alex Batteson. They […]

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Above the law

After a stomach-churning ride in Charles Flint QC’s flying machine, Matheu Swallow finds out what makes this multitalented silk tick – and it certainly isn’t gardening “Let me start by running through the safety procedures quickly,” Charles Flint QC says. (Pause.) “There aren’t any.” Great. Here I am, no parachute, no air traffic control, well… […]

Hengeler in new US push

Davis Polk & Wardwell German best friend Hengeler Mueller has visited other top US firms in a bid to maximise its European M&A referrals The marketing trip sent out a reminder to the US market that the best friends relationship is not exclusive outside capital markets work.Hengeler partner and head of the US steering committee […]

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Michael Leyland studies the up-and-down relationship between the football industry, the media and the courts

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