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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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Eversheds suffers marketing departures

NATIONAL firm Eversheds has lost five of its senior marketing people in the past 18 months amid claims that some partners have vetoed promotional plans and presented marketing ideas as their own. But the firm’s national managing partner, Peter Cole, denies the allegations, saying changes in the marketing department have come as a result of […]

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Andover-based Hostmead Developments, advised by DJ Freeman, has concluded a pre-let agreement for a new distribution warehouse facility with Londis (Holdings), advised by Beveridge Ross & Prevezer. The investment, with a u7.5m value on completion, has been forward sold to Barclays Bank Staff Pension Fund, advised by Lovell White Durrant.

Firms vie for roads scheme work

A HANDFUL of heavyweight law firms are gearing themselves up for the next phase of the battle for the Government’s prized privately financed road schemes. Baker & McKenzie, McKen-na & Co, Linklaters & Paines, Freshfields and Scottish firm McGrigor Donald are all acting for consortia which have won places on a shortlist to submit tenders […]

Telecomms expert quits Canada for Couderts

TOP Canadian telecommunications lawyer Michael Ryan has joined the London office of international law firm Coudert Brothers. Ryan, who worked as vice-president of law and general counsel at Toronto’s Unitel Communications, started work in the firm’s global telecommunications practice last month. He will specialise in advising on telecommunications regulation, competition, privatisation and liberalisation issues, and […]

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