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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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BOOK REVIEW

Living Culture: A Values-Driven Approach to Revitalising Your Company Culture by Jan Thornbury, published by Random House (ISBN 0-7126-6959-0) A self-help guide for corporations, this book advises how to identify your firm’s culture and “revitalise it” to maximise success. Jan Thornbury is a business consultant who assisted KPMG in their “culture change” process. Stephen Butler, […]

A VIEW from korea

Now well into its second stage of infrastructure reform, the speed with which South Korea has bounced back from its 1997 economic crisis has been largely due to the influx of inbound foreign investment. This was achieved by the swift reforms implemented by the Korean government to make the country more accessible to foreign investors. […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

NetIQ undertakes a stock-for-stock acquisition of WebTrends for $1bn (£683m). NetIQ advised by Davis Polk & Wardwell (William Kelly). WebTrends advised by Perkins Coie. Amarin Corporation acquires Ethyl EPA licence from Laxdale in a cash and paper deal worth $1m (£683,000). Amarin Corporation advised by Nicholson Graham & Jones (Owen Waft). Laxdale advised by Hobson […]

Real Estate and Projects

US-backed consortium BEP Acquisitions takes Bourne End Properties private after its £45m bid for the listed property company is declared unconditional. BEP Acquisitions advised by Taylor Joynson Garrett (Nick Briant, Richard Gross, Dominic Ross). Bourne End Properties advised by Travers Smith Braithwaite (Richard Skelton). Nationwide Building Society, the debt provider, advised by Dechert (Patrick Gloynes, […]

LEGAL WIDOW

“Stick your tongue out, Liability,” I say. She shakes her head no. “Daddy’s got to go to work. Come on, open your mouth.” More head shaking. “I’m going to turn you upside down and jiggle you about until your head falls off, and then I’ll get it.” More head shaking, but the unmistakable start of […]

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