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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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News in Brief

Winston & Strawn, the Chicago firm, is poised to merge with the New York office of Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan to boost its City presence to 250 lawyers. The talks, which were revealed in The Lawyer (27 March), have been finalised and Winston & Strawn partners will finish voting today. A merger is due […]

Eleven set to quit One Essex Court

Eleven civil practitioners are leaving the common law chambers of Sir Ivan Lawrence QC at One Essex Court to join the chambers of Richard King at 5 Paper Buildings, creating a 33-strong set . Discussions about the future of One Essex Court are currently taking place but no one was available for comment. Head of […]

The policy for bar mergers

I refer to the 17 July article on page three about the Bar Council’s “Barmark” mergers policy. I am writing to clarify our policy: 1. If chambers are proposing to merge, this should be made clear in their business plan and to BSI on the validation visit. Provisions should be made as to how the […]

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CMS Cameron McKenna represented TranXenoGen on its £60m initial public offering (IPO) on AIM. The IPO included a placing of 6.25m shares at £2 each

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