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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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Eastern promise

Despite large-scale development in the Middle East, certain jurisdictions have been slow to impose an adequate legal framework for lenders. John Dewer reports The project finance industry is booming. The global market is as strong as it has been for many years. The key economic driver has been a significant market shift in the demand […]

UK scores record promotions at Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) has announced its partner promotions for the year, more than quadrupling the number of London promotions compared to last year. In all, 39 new partners have been made up worldwide, with 13 in Europe. Chicago, the firm’s historic US headquarters, saw the bulk of the promotions with 12. London […]

Michelmores grows partnership to eight

Michelmores grows partnership to eight” />London and South West firm Michelmores has bagged two private client partners. Jonathan Riley joins from Macfarlanes, where he was an assistant, and becomes the youngest partner in the 32-partner firm. David Charlesworth joins from Devon firm Charlesworth Nicholl & Co, where he was a founding partner. There are noweight […]

Joining forces

As regulatory proceedings increase on both sides of the Atlantic, the pressure is on for legal advisers to work together to protect their clients, say Graham Simkin and Sarah Thomas Regulatory issues are a genuine concern for both UK and US businesses. A litigation trends survey conducted by Fulbright & Jaworski reveals that 40 per […]

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