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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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Linklaters sheds clients to avoid conflicts

Linklaters has reviewed its financial services client base to avoid conflicts with its key institutional clients. It is understood that more than 20 per cent of the firm’s global revenue now comes from just 10 financial institutions, including the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and JPMorgan. Linklaters’ long-term strategy is to focus even more of its […]

McGrigors set for group claim against Customs

McGrigors is gearing up to lead a group action against Customs & Excise on behalf of traders who believe that an opinion delivered in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) last week means they are owed damages. Last Wednesday (16 February), the Advocate-General of the ECJ handed down an opinion, ahead of the ECJ’s final […]

Shearman expands partnership by ten

Shearman & Sterling has mined its vast international network to promote ten lawyers to its all-equity partnership. The London office, which last year reported storming financial results, promoted one lawyer into the equity, UK-qualified capital markets expert J Warden McKimm, while its New York home saw three of its lawyers made up in asset management, […]

Lovells keeps MacDonagh with new management role

Former Lovells managing partner Lesley MacDonagh has decided to stay on at the firm in a significant U-turn. MacDonagh, who stood down as managing partner a year early, had agreed a one-year handover with new incumbent David Harris and said she would then leave the partnership. While it is understood that MacDonagh has been offered […]

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