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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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Linklaters breaks $1 trillion mark

The firm alone – excluding other firms in the alliance – acted on deals valued at $1,064 billion (?648.7 billion) including $735 billion of M&A, $216 billion of capital markets and banking deals and $105 billion of project finance. The decision to lump together the different types of work to help meet the trillion-dollar target […]

David Hacking

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Kennedys captures Edward Lewis team

The team includes three partners – Jane Smith, Kate Whitefield and Kieron West – who will join the 45-partner firm on 31 January following the dissolution of Edward Lewis’ partnership. Kennedys says it is gaining “a substantial proportion” of the insurance litigation business of Edward Lewis, including key clients such as Zurich/Eagle Star, for whom […]

New look Lords threaten rebellion

Peers from all sides of the new look second chamber are reportedly planning to unite behind a cross-party motion which could effectively kill off the controversial measure. Many Labour peers are expected to join the rebels, who believe that the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill is fundamentally flawed and should not become law. If […]

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