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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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SJ Berwin lawyers in resignation mystery

Four lawyers have resigned from SJ Berwin’s trademark and designs group before the group’s planned move to Field Fisher Waterhouse. The Lawyer revealed on 22 March that the trademark group was moving to Field Fisher. At the time, John Olsen, the partner who heads the group, said the entire 15-strong group, including his team of […]

Mayer Brown poaches Pinsent Curtis partner

US firm Mayer Brown & Platt has lured corporate finance partner David Levin from Pinsent Curtis in its latest bid to expand its London office. Levin will join the Chicago firm’s London practice from Pinsents’ City office in September. He is Mayer Brown’s third lateral partner hire this year, as the firm aims to double […]

White & Case lures top in-house lawyer

White & Case has recruited a top in-house lawyer as a partner in its London office. Mats Sacklen has joined the firm from the Zurich headquarters of ABB Group, the global engineering and technology group, where he was senior in-house counsel. He joins the London office’s corporate department, where he will specialise in cross-border acquisitions […]

Pensions duel could be deadly for Equitable Life

Denton Hall and Norton Rose are advising in a High Court test case which could sound the death knell of the UK’s largest mutual life insurer. A Denton Hall team, led by senior partner in litigation and arbitration Cindy Leslie, is fighting on behalf of Equitable Life in the case, which concerns guaranteed annuities. If […]

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