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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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In brief: Linklaters launches new healthcare group

Linklaters has launched a new healthcare group to service clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical and hospital sectors. The firm recently advised SmithKline Beecham on its aborted merger negotiations.

Judge and jury for a day

What do solicitors think of the QC system? We get some forthright quotes from lawyers at the front line While the 500 junior barristers who applied for the 1998 silks list will be celebrating or commiserating this week, their solicitor colleagues are likely to give an indifferent shrug. In the firms of England and Wales, […]

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Project finance partner Stephen McGairl of Freshfields advised lenders including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on the $348m financing of the first phase of the development of the hydrocarbon reserves around Sakhalin Island in the Russian Federation. The project company, The Sakhalin Energy Investment Company, was advised by partners Peter O’Driscoll and John […]

Differences force Belgians and Swiss to leave Punder Group

Five-firm pan-European federation the Punder Group has lost its Belgian and Swiss members after a “strategic review” revealed differences of opinion over the speed at which the group should integrate. Belgian top five Coppens Van Ommeslaghe & Faures, based in Brussels, wanted rapid progress towards integration while Zurich-based 11-lawyer Stoffel & Partner wanted to concentrate […]

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