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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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Pinsents re-elects senior partner

Pinsent Masons senior partner Chris Mullen was re-elected last week to serve a four-year term, having taken over in mid-term three years ago. Mullen used the occasion to pledge that he would follow through on the firm’s stated strategy of backing domestic growth, particularly in London, plus targeted growth internationally. “Over the next two years […]

DLA, Skadden line up for pharma merger

DLA Piper has scored a role on one of the biggest pharmaceutical deals of the year, lining up alongside Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in the 6.7bn Dollars(£3.42bn) merger of US biotech suppliers Invitrogen and Applera Corporation. DLA Piper acted for the buyer, Invitrogen, led by San Diego-based relationship partners Jeff Baglio and Jay […]

Troutman eyes London insurance market

Atlanta-based Troutman Sanders is planning a move into the London insurance market following the firm’s merger with US insurance boutique Ross Dixon & Bell. London managing partner Robert Bata has pledged to hire “aggressively” in the sector following the move.Troutman Sanders’ three-partner City outfit does not currently have an insurance capability. “Having this kind of […]

Macfarlanes ups salaries across the board

Macfarlanes has announced pay rises for the majority of its salaried lawyers. Macfarlanes ups salaries across the board” />Macfarlanes has announced pay rises for the majority of its salaried lawyers. Wages for trainee solicitors, newly-qualified (NQ) and one year post qualified experience (PQE) all rose by £1,000, to £37,000, £65,000 and £71,000 respectively. But senior […]

Linklaters shakes up Euro management team

Linklaters has reshuffled its Europe management team after appointing Belgium partner Jean-Pierre Blumberg as European managing partner. Blumberg, who has managed the firm’s Belgian practice since 2001, succeeds former European managing partner Jean-Marc Lefèvre, whose four-year term of office has come to an end. As European managing partner, Blumberg will represent Linklaters’ mainland Western European […]

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