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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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Diageo builds globally with first India-based legal counsel

Diageo is ramping up its Asia-Pacific in-house legal capability as the it undergoes a global shake-up of its legal function, appointing its first Indian-based counsel and creating two new positions in China. The company has hired India-based Chetan Nagendra from the Bangalore office of local firm Amarchand Mangaldas. Nagendra becomes the fifth Asia-Pacific in-house lawyer […]

Six-mile hike for Reed Smith

Midlands firms are apparently shaking in their boots as international powerhouse Reed Smith shapes up for its assault on the Midlands’ legal market. As first reported in the Estates Gazette in June, Reed Smith is moving all the way from Coventry to Solihull. It has rented 23,300sq ft of office space at £19 per sq […]

A&O and Addleshaws advise on UK’s biggest building society merger

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Addleshaw Goddard have scooped roles on the UK’s largest ever building society merger with total asset values of over £150bn and over 13m members. The merger of Nationwide Building Society and smaller rival Portman Building Society is subject to approval by the Office of Fair Trading, Portman members and the […]

Osborne Clarke scoops second Nomura litigation mandate

Osborne Clarke has scooped its second high-profile instruction from Nomura in as many weeks with the mandate to advise the Japanese bank on the latest employment claim it faces. The bank faces an unfair dismissal claim brought by Stefano Ghersi, previously head of debt capital markets at Nomura. Ghersi is also claiming breach of his […]

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