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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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An Englishman in New York

I speculated long and hard about what awaited me on the other side of the pond when my firm Freshfields sent me on secondment to New York firm Davis Polk & Wardwell last April. I had visited New York twice in the past, watched countless films set in the city and felt sure I would […]

It has been a bad week for

The News of the World, which was forced to apologise to actress Emma Thompson after it wrongly claimed she had made love to a woman known as Michaela de la Cour after the premiere of her film The Winter Guest in Stockholm. The paper admitted the mistake after Field Fisher Waterhouse complained to the Press […]

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Sharon Mead, a legal executive at Cambridge firm Taylor Vinters, who won a Southampton football club shirt and football signed by all the players in a competition run by IT suppliers Sanderson, which sponsors the club. The only downside is that she supports Chelsea. Nabarro Nathanson, which got a piece of the high octane Formula […]

Dinsdale steers Transys PFI deal

Dibb Lupton Alsop communications and technology partner Danelle Dinsdale (pictured right) led the team acting for the Transys consortium which, in a £1bn PFI contract, will update and operate London Transport’s ticketing services. Under the deal, London Transport will pay Transys (a consortium comprising EDS, Cubic Corporation, ICL and WS Atkins) £1bn to run the […]

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