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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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Herbert Smith plans merger with Germany’s Gleiss Lutz

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Wragges advises on City deal

Birmingham firm Wragge & Co has staked its claim to the cream of City work by advising on one of the largest leveraged acquisitions ever completed in Europe. It worked alongside Slaughter and May and Lovells, advising the management of food company Ranks Hovis McDougall (RHM) on its sale by manufacturing giant Tomkins to a […]

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Families of those who lost their lives on the Argentinian cruiser General Belgrano when it was torpedoed by a British submarine during the Falklands war. The European Court of Human Rights rejected their attempts to bring a lawsuit against the Government as they had not first pursued all possible legal remedies in the UK. Hindu […]

Adam Cleal

Allen & Overy’s enthusiastic head of property Adam Cleal has big plans for his department. Fiona Callister reports on the man who did not enjoy law until he started practising it Adam Cleal is an accidental lawyer. The new head of property at Allen & Overy says that he only began to enjoy law after […]

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