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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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Slaughter and May has just moved to swanky new premises in Bunhill Row, which are all terribly modern and designed. The reception area is enhanced by a rather attractive water feature of a shallow pool, which is level with the rest of the floor.Presumably, the architect managed to convince Slaughters that this was terribly fashionable […]

Masons secures IBM contract for Invensys

Masons has advised Invensys on the outsourcing of its global IT systems to IBM in a 10-year deal worth up to $100m (£69.6m) a year.The transaction initially involves the provision of IT services to 18 countries and the transfer to IBM of 700 Invensys staff worldwide.Masons advised Invensys from the initial procurement phase to the […]

EMI in-house lawyers win promotion

EMI Group and EMI Recorded Music have promoted two senior in-house lawyers Chris Ancliff, formerly vice-president of legal and business affairs at EMI Recorded Music Continental Europe, is now senior vice-president of legal affairs and associate general counsel for EMI Group. EMI Recorded Music has promoted Gareth Hopkins to senior vice-president of legal and business […]

Latham bucks the market trend with revenue jump

Latham & Watkins has ridden the downturn to post revenue figures for 2001 up 19 per cent on the previous year Profits also surged by 17 per cent to approximately $405m (£282m), with average profits per partner topping $1m (£696,555).The US firm billed $762.6m (£531m) in its last financial year, boosting the $642.5m (£448m) total […]

Southampton City Council picks Steele & Co for main adviser role

Steele & Co has triumphed over a range of City and national firms by winning a three-year contract to advise Southampton City Council on a whole range of disciplines, from litigation to planning inquiries The firm won the work following a competitive tendering process at the beginning of March. Tony Palmer, legal practice manager at […]

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