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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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A&L Goodbody crosses the border

Dublin-headquartered firm A&L Goodbody opened an office in Belfast last week, while rival Dillon Eustace opened in Cork. A&L Goodbody has launched its new Northern Ireland outpost with three partners who left Dublin rival Arthur Cox last year (The Lawyer, 20 March 2006). The three – Peter Stafford, Mark Thompson and Patricia Johnston – formed […]

Freshfields hits the fast lane with Porsche deal

City heavyweights Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have bagged the lead roles on the increase of Porsche’s stake in Volkswagen. Porsche’s move to increase its stake from 27.3 per cent to 30.9 per cent will trigger a mandatory bid for Volkswagen, valuing the company at €35bn (£23.77bn). The London and Frankfurt offices […]

Stephenson Harwood hikes oil and gas team

Stephenson Harwood has boosted its energy practice with the hire of senior associate Marc Hammerson from Vinson & Elkins. Hammerson has joined the firm as a corporate partner and will focus on oil and gas, power projects and M&A in the energy industry. Vinson declined to comment on the departure, but it has been recruiting […]

Lawyers welcome Brown’s Reits and sukuk measures

Proposals to provide authorised property unit trusts with the same tax efficient status as Real Estate Investment Trusts (Reits) were outlined in the budget yesterday (21 March). Gordon Brown’s final Budget included the long awaited proposal to drop the 20 per cent corporation tax currently applied to these vehicles, putting them at a disadvantage to […]

Cornwall Street Chambers to open in May

Birmingham-based set Cornwall Street Chambers is to launch officially this May, with the ribbon being cut by Mr Justice Anthony Hughes. The set, which was formerly No 6 chambers, has moved from the Birmingham barrister centre, Fountain Court, to the heart of the city’s commercial and business hub. Peter Cooke, head of the chambers’ police […]

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