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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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CC lures top finance lawyer from White & Case in Paris

Clifford Chance is poaching one of France’s leading projects and finance lawyers from US firm White & Case. Giustini has been with White & Case since he qualified in New York in 1986 and moved to Paris in 1987. He will join Clifford Chance’s Paris office at the end of May. He is currently co-head […]

Doctor Spin

The phoney war is over and now the real phoney war begins. The party machines and their counterparts in the media have been stocking their bottom drawers with all manner of material, just waiting for Blair to fire the starting gun. And now the poster sites that were booked out months ago can be filled, […]

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For all those lawyers in London who haven’t seen the sun yet this year, Tulkinghorn is delighted to inform you that a couple of Fridays ago was a bright sunny day all across Western Europe. So sunny, in fact, that Clifford Chance’s Amsterdam office organised a charabanc trip to the seaside for all staff, and […]

Revenge is a sweet little girl

Revenge has come in the form of a rather delightful little figurine for Stephenson Harwood insolvency litigation partner Paul Gordon-Saker. Gordon-Saker bid £505 in an auction held by The Independent for a model of a little girl sitting on a bench (left). Now some of you may be wondering why, especially given that the figurine […]

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