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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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Five more join million-a-year club

The number of barristers earning more than £1m a year has grown by a third in the last year, according to the new Chambers & Partners directory. There are now 20 silks in the “million-a-year club”, an increase of five. Reena Sen Gupta, the directory’s editor, refuses to name those on the list, which will […]

Scott Redpath on the allocation of policyholders' final bonuses.

Scott Redpath is a barrister at Hammond Suddards. Several interesting points emerged in the recent case of The Equitable Life Assurance Society v Alan David Hyman, heard by vice-chancellor Richard Scott in the High Court.The originating summons sought declarations on questions arising from the allocation of final bonuses by Equitable Life (the Society) to its […]

Freshfields' Dutch office steps up poaching spree

Freshfields is continuing its aggressive expansion in The Netherlands by poaching two more partners – this time from Allen & Overy’s proposed Dutch merger firm Loeff Claeys Verbeke. Top corporate lawyer Jan Willem van der Staay and leading intellectual property litigator Hubert Harmeling are expected to join Freshfields’ Amsterdam office once they have negotiated departure […]

In brief: Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith partner Denis Chemla has been appointed as legal adviser to Kosovo’s temporary administration, United Nations Mission in Kosovo, to aid the process of legislative reform in the war-torn region. Paris-based Chemla is heading for Pristina on 27 September, where he will work for three months in the Office of Legal Affairs.

Rowe & Maw in Celtic sell-off

Rowe & Maw is the latest law firm to score for a football club client, picking up work on the sale of Celtic at Legal Monte Carlo, the in-house international legal conference held by The Lawyer. It is the latest in a string of high-profile football deals, providing lucrative work for an increasing number of […]

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