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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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Landwell represented high-tech company Zen Holdings on its £240m listing on the London Stock Exchange. Landwell’s alliance partner PricewaterhouseCoopers provided advice on the long form report, corporate governance issues and employment share schemes. Corporate partner Simon Walker led a team of three on the listing. Linklaters & Alliance also advised Zen Holdings while Bay Venture […]

High resolution

The defining features of the truly successful arbitration are discretion, speed and economy. In theory that is, but in practice it is not always so straightforward. Such qualities seemed in short supply in last week’s acrimonious divorce of accountancy giant Arthur Andersen and its professional service group Andersen Consulting. Break-ups are never easy and this […]

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“It doesn’t matter to Andersen Consulting if they are called Andersen Consulting or Winnie the Pooh.” Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s Barry Ostrager, head of the legal team representing Andersen Consulting on its split from Arthur Andersen, on the importance of branding.

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Daniel O’Connell. The businessman accused of forming a crooked alliance with a former Irish government minister to run a £20m tax racket has been sent to jail for eight years. The court was told the swindle was based on the VAT-free status of goods exported from one EU country to another. Peter Rook QC, for […]

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