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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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Review of European waste management targets

The European Commission has launched a much-anticipated consultation on the future of Europe’s legally binding waste and recycling targets. The comprehensive consultation, which opened on 4 June 2013, is the first phase of the commission’s review of recycling targets. The second phase will consider the impact of the preferred options that emerge from phase one. […]

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Sweden’s Mannheimer strengthens employment with Linklaters hire

Sweden’s largest firm, Mannheimer Swartling, is boosting its employment team with the hire of Linklaters’ local employment head Anders Nordstrom. Nordström has been a partner and head of the Nordic employment team at Linklaters since 2001, and has also headed the firm’s Swedish litigation group in the past. He advises the state and corporates on […]

BVI international tax co-operation initiatives: FATCA and misconception

On 4 April 2013, the BVI government announced that it has decided to pursue a bilateral intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the US for the implementation of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, colloquially known as FATCA. A further announcement followed, confirming BVI’s commitment to similar information sharing agreements with Britain and other western European […]

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