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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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Macfarlanes (Tom Speechley) advised NIB Capital Bank on the refinancing of Schoeller Wavin Systems Holding and its subsidiaries in connection with the simultaneous acquisition of Arca Systems International. Clifford Chance advised the Schoeller Wavin group. Mannheimer Swartling advised the vendors. Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s Washington DC office (Glenn Gerstell) advised Export-Import Bank of the US and Export Development Canada on a $750m (£391.6m) facility […]

Halliwells hikes City property with new trio

Halliwells has made a triple property hire in London. The firm has recruited Tim Hart, a senior associate at Norton Rose, as a partner. David Couple joins Halliwells as a consultant from Lovells, where he held the same position, while solicitor Salim Dasu joins from Eversheds. Halliwells London property head Simon Hardwick said the firm […]

Opinion

Insurers use the ‘compensation culture’ myth to help check the rise of legitimate PI claims As I write, my 18-year-old daughter is attending the funeral of one of her closest friends, killed in a minibus accident while on a gap year conservation project. While as yet the causes of the accident are not known, it […]

Hammonds secures Eurojust court victory

Hammonds has secured victory for Eurojust, the European body fighting organised crime, in a case brought against it by the Kingdom of Spain. The case clarifies limits to the privileges of European member states before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) as well as being unusual in that it was asking for judicial review of […]

Nine more partners quit Shaw Pittman ahead of Pillsbury merger

Nine more partners are leaving Shaw Pittman following the five that left last week as the firm rapidly weeds out those conflicted by, or not enamoured with, the firm’s merger with Pillsbury Winthrop. Morrison & Foerster is the chief beneficiary taking a group of six partners including legendary corporate/technology partner Jack Lewis. Lawrence Yanowitch and […]

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