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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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New Herbert Smith appointments

Commercial litigation partner Roger Brown joins from Stephenson Harwood, where he was a partner for 21 years. He says he felt like a move and wanted to go to “the best litigation practice in the City.” Herbert Smith has also poached a US law professional support lawyer from the London office of Brown & Wood. […]

Granada recruits director of legal affairs

Granada Media Group is creating the new post of director of legal affairs to support its growth into new technologies. It has recruited former business development vice president at Discovery Communications (Europe), Kyla Mullins to fill the post. Discovery Communications owns the Discovery satellite channel. No date has been set for her arrival. But when […]

Buchanan Ingersoll appoints final Sonnenschein partners

US firm Buchanan Ingersoll has taken the two remaining partners left looking for new posts after the closure of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal’s London office last month. Commercial property partner Rupert Jones, corporate and commercial partner Jonathan Griffiths and associate Laurence Relton have moved to Buchanan Ingersoll. They joined the Pennsylvania-based firm’s European practice on […]

Lords hears property debate

Judgment is now pending in the House of Lords in a case of considerable significance in property circles. The Law Lords have been asked to overrule lower court decisions that a sub-tenant of agricultural property was entitled to sidestep possession moves brought after the tenant accepted notice to quit and agreed not to issue a […]

David Hacking

Sean Farrell meets Lord David Hacking, the founder of Sonnenschein’s London office who is joining Littleton Chambers. .LORD David Hacking has not recovered from the trauma of the closure of US firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal’s London office, which he founded in 1994 before becoming of counsel in 1997. He says: “I feel a tremendous […]

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