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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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DLA opens in Singapore as D&P alliance grows

DLA is making its mark in Singapore, opening a new office in the capital and forming an alliance with Singapore law firm J Koh & Co, which will join its international association of law firms, D&P. J Koh & Co, which has 21 lawyers, specialises in cross-border transactions, project financing, M&A, private equity, structured debt […]

Dorsey adds Washington IP partner

Minnesota firm Dorsey & Whitney is adding a second intellectual property (IP) litigation partner to its Washington DC office in as many months. Mark Hogge is moving to the firm from Pepper Hamilton, a 350-lawyer practice based in Philadelphia. Hogge was chair of the patent litigation practice at Pepper Hamilton, and he follows Ralph Taylor, […]

A VIEW FROM NEW YORK

What is the single most challenging issue facing large law firms in New York today? There are several contenders for this award. Some would nominate globalisation and potential law firm mergers. Others would say the increasing competition among lawyers resulting from financial institution and other client consolidations. Others would identify penetration into the start-up and […]

Paisner

Paisner & Co acted for Great Universal Stores on its £37m acquisition of jungle.com. Jungle.com supplies a range of computers and computer equipment as well as music and videos through its website. Head of corporate finance Keith Stella led a team of four on the deal while Eversheds advised jungle.com.

Building up property rights

Human rights act: property law The Human Rights Act (HRA) will have a wide-ranging impact on property issues. Corporate and individual property owners, as well as public authorities, will need to undertake a review of their approach to property matters in the context of the European Convention on Human Rights. The fragmentation of the public […]

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