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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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Hammond Suddards set for Paris merger

National law firm Hammond Suddards Edge is on the verge of breaking into the French market as it enters the final stages of merger talks with Paris-based firm Hausmann & Associés. Partners are meeting today (12 February) to vote on whether to proceed with the plans to merge. If successful, Paris will only be Hammonds’ […]

…as operations head is rapped for misleading Collier statement

Eversheds head of operations Colin Brown has been reprimanded by the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS). Brown was reproached for issuing a misleading press statement about Richard Collier, the former senior partner of Eversheds’ Norwich office, who was severely reprimanded by the OSS last year for his inappropriate involvement in drawing up a […]

MAIN PLAYERS IN THE SYNGENTA DEAL

AstraZeneca External advisers: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, UK (Julian Long, David Higgins and Nick Spearing); Davis Polk & Wardwell, US (Paul Kumleben and Eric Dann in London, Ronan Harty in New York); Homburger, Switzerland (Claude Lambert) In-house team for AstraZeneca: Graeme Musker, Shaun Grady, Tatjana May In-house team for Zeneca Agrochemicals: Jonathan Sullivan, Lynton Boardman, Catherine […]

Shearmans forms joint venture with Stamford

Shearman & Sterling is upping its Asian profile by linking up with Singapore practice Stamford for a joint venture. Stamford is the firm that leading local lawyer Lee Suet Fern set up after she quit the Wong Partnership last year (The Lawyer, 18 December 2000). A licence is expected to be granted shortly. The Wall […]

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