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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 advised Retail Decisions on the demerger of the Card Clear UK Group and TBR Group from Card Clear to Retail Decisions. The firm also acted on the introduction of Retail Decisions shares to the Official List of the London Stock Exchange. Macfarlanes corporate partner John Dodsworth led a team of 10 on the £155m […]

Association moves on eviction

A father and son who are alleged to have claimed they were new to the property market in order to get a housing association property, now face High Court moves to evict them. Northcote Housing Association is taking Paul Dixon and his son Karl to court in a claim for possession of the property at […]

Norton Rose raids Pinsents

Jonathan Scott is charged with boosting with the firm’s non contentious financial services work. His appointment comes at a time of intense M&A activity in the financial services sector and as the scope of regulated activity in the City is set to broaden with the introduction of the Financial Services and Markets bill. Scott acts […]

Linklaters appoints first non-UK managing partner

Linklaters & Alliance has appointed its first managing partner outside the UK in a move that paves the way for a restructure of its global operations pre-merger. The firm has appointed finance partner Andrew Roberts as its first managing partner for Asia. He will be based in Singapore and will be responsible for the the […]

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