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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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Gianni expands domestic empire with Bologna office

Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners is expanding its domestic coverage with a new office in Bologna, as it continues to negotiate its future relationship with Linklaters.Discussions over future cooperation between Linklaters and its Italian ally are ongoing in the run-up to the final winding down of the Linklaters & Alliance structure this summer.With no further […]

Deals summary

CMS Cameron McKenna (Ian Parker) has led a joint CMS team, including lawyers from CMS Carnogursky Strommer Reich-Rohrwig, advising the Slovakian government on the restructuring of the energy sector. Under the terms of the deal, German energy group E.ON acquires a 49 per cent interest in Západoslovenská energetika (ZSE) for e330m (£213.7m). DWF Solicitors advised […]

Nigel Copeland struck off over ’tissue of lies’

Former name partner of Burton Copeland found guilty by OSS of misleading client Nigel Copeland, a founding partner of leading niche fraud firm Burton Copeland, has been struck off after misleading a client.Copeland, described by his former firm’s partners as the “Mr Licensing of Manchester” because of his decades of experience in this field, has […]

Money laundering: new case raises fresh worries over reporting clients

A landmark trial starts today (1 July) of a partner accused of money laundering that is likely to have significant implications on the requirements of lawyers reporting on suspicious clients.The current law states that lawyers have to report clients they believe are involved in suspicious activities. However, in this case the partner is charged with […]

Piper Rudnick faces $9m damages claim

US firm Piper Rudnick is being sued for at least $9m (£5.9m) in damages by the bondholders in bankrupt organisation Greater Southeast Community Healthcare System. Holders of $16.3m (£10.7m) in bonds have alleged that Piper Rudnick was negligent in its handling of a bond deal conducted in 1993.The claim against Piper Rudnick centres on the […]

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