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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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Lovells wins finance star from Creditweb

Lovells has hired the general counsel of mortgage and consumer finance company Creditweb as of counsel in London Roger Tym joins Lovells’ retail finance team within the international financial services group.Creditweb was formed at the height of the dotcom frenzy, with a combination of German and UK businesses, and the recruitment of a senior management […]

Finance

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s London finance practice has achieved an impressive first. Already accustomed to working on a number of the largest-to-date European deals, it has now brought a new structure to Europe. In February, the Netherlands became the first European country to agree to a contractually, rather than structurally, subordinated high-yield bond financing.The […]

Holland & Knight cuts partner pay to save associate bonuses

Holland & Knight partners have bucked the trend for lower associate bonuses by paying themselves less Partners are sacrificing between 6 and 10 per cent of their bonus compensation and have pledged to leave associate bonuses untouched.The cuts will be made across the board, irrespective of individual, practice or office performance.One of the hardest-hit offices […]

B&M and Linklaters in Chinese office bid

A&O, Freshfields and Herbert Smith ‘express interest’; red tape still limits growth Baker & McKenzie and Linklaters have become the latest firms to announce plans for a second Chinese office.A host of firms are expected to apply under the Chinese government’s relaxed rules on foreign law firms, but the application process has been subject to […]

Sticking at it

Galileo International is like the glue that holds the travel industry together, but like much of the sector, has it become unstuck post-11 September? Fiona Callister investigates If you have been on holiday in the last three decades, then there is a good chance that Galileo had a hand in bringing you your fortnight in […]

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