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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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DLA Piper has poached Bingham McCutcheon banking and finance partner Sarah Coucher, marking the latest in a line of departures from the latter’s London finance practice. With experience in the hedge fund, distressed debt and special situations arenas, Coucher will join DLA Piper’s 10-strong London restructuring team to beef up its hedge fund expertise. DLA […]

Dentons halves partner promotions

Denton Wilde Sapte has promoted only 12 associates to its partnership, under half the number of promotions compared with last year. London benefitted from 10 of the new promotions, with Dubai and Cairo bagging the remaining two. Last year the firm promoted 26 associates to the partnership. Denton Wilde Sapte chief executive Howard Morris said: […]

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As an esteemed arbiter of all things alcoholic, Tulkinghorn was delighted to learn that Italian law firm Puopolo Geffers Rosen & Bosin has launched a team entirely dedicated to wine. Called ‘Lex Vini’, the group is an extension of the expertise the firm has apparently developed after 10 years of focusing on vintners as an […]

Bakers’ Canadian merger comes to naught

Baker & McKenzie has been looking to expand its Canadian presence, but recent merger talks have failed, leaving one Toronto firm in dire straits. The US firm was in discussions with Goodman and Carr, an 85-lawyer firm, in February, but the talks collapsed, leading Goodman to close its doors this June. Had the merger been […]

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Magistrate slams Govt for age discrimination

A UK magistrate has launched a campaign against the Government’s policy that forces magistrates to retire at 70 years old. Central and southwest Staffordshire bench magistrate Richard Ellison has asked the European Commission (EC) to investigate whether the Government is in contravention of age discrimination regulations by requiring that lay magistrates stand down at 70. […]

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