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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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Berwin Leighton represented four investors on a £200m alliance with BAA’s property arm, BAA Lynton, known as the Airport Hotels Partnership. Berwin Leighton’s clients include Scottish Widows, the Coal Schemes, the Shell Pension Fund and an overseas investor. Corporate finance partner Frances McLeman acted with a team of four on the deal. Field Fisher Waterhouse […]

Brobeck Hale and Dorr sparks US assault on regional law firms

US firm Brobeck Hale and Dorr is taking three top partners from Morgan Cole to set up its office in Oxford. The technology giant is the first US firm in the UK to venture outside London, and has taken most of Morgan Cole’s Thames Valley corporate practice for the launch. Corporate partners Joe Pillman, Jonathan […]

DAC common law trio quits for Barlow Lyde

Davies Arnold Cooper is facing another spate of departures – this time from its common law department. Head of common law Malcolm Henke, motor unit head Simon Curtis and the department’s senior team leader David Pipkin are all leaving the firm to join Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. Henke, who is not a qualified lawyer but […]

Flying away from the City

Despite being a global player, Airtours is keen to put its trust in North West firms. Dearbail Jordan reports. Airtours is a perfect example of why corporate and commercial lawyers in the North West deserve to be taken as seriously as those in London. This year alone, the travel giant has undertaken no less than […]

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