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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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Allen & Overy (Johannes Bruski) has advised Praxair on its e397m (£274.2m) acquisition of Air Liquide’s German industrial gas assets. Air Liquide advised by Herbert Smith, Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe. Allen & Overy (Johannes Bruski) has advised Praxair on its €397m (£274.2m) acquisition of Air Liquide’s German industrial gas assets. Air Liquide advised by Herbert […]

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Firm profile: Margaret Bennett Solicitors

Margaret Bennett Solicitors can lay claim to being something of an anomaly. In fact, all the lawyers at the family law specialist are women. The London firm has gone from strength to strength since it was founded in 1990 by Margaret Bennett, the eponymous senior partner and sole member of the equity. After leaving the […]

Herbert Smith Brussels gets new managing partner

Herbert Smith has appointed Craig Pouncey as the new managing partner of the firm’s Brussels office. Pouncey, a competition law specialist is taking over from Stephen Kinsella who has been managing partner since 1994. Pouncey’s practice encompasses market investigations, litigation, as well as complex merger clearances, including acting for Carnival Corporation on the European Commission’s […]

Bartering network signs up 20 law firms

East London firm Adams has become the latest law firm to sign up to a professional services bartering network. Adams joins more than 20 firms, including Field Fisher Waterhouse, to have joined the network run by Bartercard UK. The network means that firms can purchase goods and services in exchange for professional legal services. Adams […]

RFU scoops Farrer’s head of sport as new legal chief

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has taken Farrer & Co‘s top sports lawyer to be its new head of legal.Karena Vleck will be replaced as head of the sports group at Farrer by senior partner Robert Clinton. Vleck will be head of legal and company secretary at the RFU. Clinton is an active member of […]

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