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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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In brief: White & Case

White & Case has advised on the US$1.1bn acquisition of Bank Pekao by a consortium of foreign investors. Witold Danilowicz, head of White & Case’s Warsaw office, says it is the largest foreign investment in Poland.

City firms fight to save troubled football clubs

Wilde Sapte, Dibb Lupton Alsop and Lawrence Graham are battling against the clock to try and save three football clubs from going to the wall. Crystal Palace, Luton and Portsmouth have all gone into receivership and any rescue package has to be completed within the next few weeks to beat the 31 July deadline set […]

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The ideas people at Milbank. Tony Blair may face legal action over his latest ideas on voluntary work. Pilotlight, a charity, is claiming that the PM stole its ideas for a Yellow Pages-style book of voluntary groups and schemes to encourage a more caring society. A Downing Street spokesperson said: “The PM has been big […]

DAC loses IP team to Henry Hepworth

Davies Arnold Cooper is losing its entire London-based intellectual property team to niche firm Henry Hepworth. Catrin Turner, head of IP, is leaving after eight years at DAC along with a five-strong team to practise contentious and non-contentious IP/IT in media, insurance and retail at Henry Hepworth. Turner, who will become the third equity partner […]

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