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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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Scuffle of the week

The mobile phone companies had such fun scrapping over how many noughts they could add to their bids for the new mobile phone licences that they’ve decided to carry on fighting. One2One is suing the Government over its handling of the £22.5bn auction. The company, owned by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, is challenging the Department of […]

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As the LegalTech London conference, held in association with The Lawyer, gets underway this week, John Hokkanen gives tips on how to bring your firm up to speed with the new dotcom culture. John Hokkanen is internet strategist at US firm Baker & Botts. Many lawyers feel that their firms are under attack from both […]

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Slaughter and May is acting for Unilever on its proposal to purchase the outstanding stock of Bestfoods. The Anglo Dutch company is offering $66 (£43) per share which will value Bestfoods at $18.4bn (£11.6bn). Michael Peascod, corporate partner at Slaughters, headed a four-strong team on the deal.

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Fraud Investigation: A case study

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