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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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Squire Sanders bags Coudert team in Beijing

Squire Sanders & Dempsey’s China practice has scooped a team from Coudert Brothers’ Beijing office. The US firm has hired US-qualified partners James Zimmerman and Sungo Shim and three associates for its Beijing office, taking its lawyers to eight. The firm also plans a Shanghai office by the year’s end. First reported on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 3 […]

Jardine Matheson wins A&O partner

Linklaters client Jardine Matheson Group has appointed veteran Allen & Overy (A&O) corporate partner Jonathan Gould as its next general counsel based in Hong Kong. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyer news on 5 June, Gould will replace former Linklaters partner James Watkins, who retires at the end of the year. Linklaters’ strong institutional relationship with […]

FCO puts prospective UK ECJ judges on trial

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) last week interviewed candidates to replace the UK’s retiring European Court of Justice (ECJ) judge David Edwards. An FCO nomination will be made in the next few weeks, which must then be ratified by the European Council of Ministers, although this is just a formality. Edwards, who leaves at […]

Divorce thoughts

Barely a day goes by without another rumour emanating from the Italian legal market. US firms are signing teams from X, while UK firms are merging with Y. But Tulkinghorn heard words of caution from one Italian in-house counsel this week and thought he ought to share it with all those flirty Anglo-Saxon firms. Commenting […]

Govt rids CFA cases of indemnity principle

The Government has thrown its weight behind the use of conditional fee agreements (CFAs) by removing a long-running legal complication that has made them confusing for clients. Last Monday (2 June), new regulations came into force scrapping the use of the indemnity principle in no win, no fee cases. The indemnity principle, which requires lawyer […]

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