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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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Having undoubtedly proven itself to be one of the world’s pre-eminent financial centres, the British Virgin Islands are a striking benchmark of the global economic downturn. By Andrew Willins The British Virgin Islands (BVI), with Tortola, the largest of the islands, only 12 miles long and three miles across, is scarcely detectable on an atlas. […]

Tulkinghorn: Carrott and stick

Starr & Partners. If you don’t know this lot then let Tulkinghorn tell you that it’s a London-based commercial law firm. It’s also home of employment lawyer Layla Bunni. Apparently it bugs Bunni when people rabbit on about her surname, which comes courtesy of her Iraqi father. Bunni now has a new client. Deirdre Carrott. […]

Focus: Beachcroft, Going public

How Beachcroft quietly propelled four of its top lawyers into the most influential policy roles in the legal profession Many law firms are proud of their public service efforts. But there is one firm that has applied strategic method to how its partners volunteer their services. The result has been that it now has ­partners and legal […]

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A question of trusts

Offshore purpose trusts have come into their own as a flexible legal vehicle, with most centres now embracing them in one form or another. By Samantha Morgan and Philip Munro For many, a ‘trust’ suggests ­merely a legal arrangement facilitating the devolution of wealth within families. Trusts are, however, used to effect a range of […]

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Clifford Chance, Freshfields win key roles on Porsche’s VW merger

Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Hengeler Mueller have picked up lead roles advising on the merger of German car companies Volkswagen (VW) and Porsche. Wolfgang Richter Clifford Chance, led by Frankfurt partners Wolfgang Richter and Johannes Perlitt, is advising its long-standing client VW. The instruction comes after Richter last year advised the company on […]

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