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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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Proskauer merges with Paris private equity firm

Proskauer Rose has boosted its ranks in Paris via a merger with local boutique SGDM. The merger sees private equity partners Daniel Schmidt, who founded SGDM, and Olivier Dumas move across accompanied by associates Mireille Mull-Jochem, Arielle Halim and Estelle Piazza. The group will work alongside Proskauer Paris corporate practice heads Delia Spizer and Guillaume […]

Jones Day and Paul Hastings hike US associate salaries

Jones Day and Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker have kicked off the second round of US associate salary reviews this year by hiking their pay levels. Jones Day will raise starting pay to $150,000 (£74,445), while Paul Hastings is set to hike its starting salary to £145,000 (£71,964). The new salary rates will be effective […]

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Ashurst raids magic circle again for German hire

Ashurst has continued its strategy of poaching magic circle lawyers in Germany by taking on an Allen & Overy (A&O) international capital markets associate. Christoph Enderstein will join Ashurst in October as counsel in the Frankfurt office’s structured finance group. He pushes Ashurst’s banking and finance group in Germany to 15 lawyers, including three partners. […]

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