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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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LCD plans special enforcers for debt collection

An LCD consultation paper suggests giving enforcers powers to find out about debtors’ assets from third parties and pursue ways of enforcing court decisions. Creditors must currently rely on a debtor’s willingness to reveal their assets, with little redress available if they refuse to co-operate. Officials are seeking a way to obtain such information from […]

Flotation

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton represented the Swedish Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communication, acting for the Kingdom of Sweden, on an offering of shares in national telecoms company Telia AB. Partner Sebastian Sperber led a team of two on the deal. Sullivan & Cromwell acted for Telia AB while Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & […]

Clifford Chance loses German head to Willkie

US firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher is to open its first office in Germany by taking Thomas Heymann, former Clifford Chance managing partner in Germany. Telecoms specialist Heymann is understood to be taking a team of IT/telecoms lawyers, including partner Sven Heun and Bernhard von Braunschweig. He is due to start on 1 October this […]

Clyde & Co absorbs Turner & Co

The London-based firm’s two partners – Paul Turner and Roger Spencer – will join Clyde & Co as equity partners in an enlarged commodities group with all their staff. Turner & Co, set up by Turner and Spencer 15 years ago, is particularly prominent in the soft commodities sector, acting for international trading houses, especially […]

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