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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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CC raises membership

Clifford Chance partners like to have a bit of a laugh – even at the due diligence stage of deals, which is not particularly known for its entertainment value. Apparently, a while back, one set of lawyers based in the firm’s Brazilian wing decided to have a bit of a wheeze with a non-Portuguese-speaking partner […]

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Poor Nabarro Nathanson. The mid-City firm seems to have developed an un-wanted sideline in supplying the London offices of US firms with some of its most dynamic property partners, something which must be forcing it to question how well it looks after its people.Most recent to go was highly-rated property finance brain Nigel Heilpern, who […]

Lovells beats City rivals to Coal work

Lovells has beaten off City competition to be reappointed by major property client Coal Pension Properties as the main adviser on its largest UK portfolio. Acting through LaSalle Investment Management, Coal decided to retender the role some six years after appointing Lovells in a competitive process. The portfolio has now grown to £1.5bn.It is understood […]

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