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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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Herbies scoops Lehman’s Mifid expert

Herbert Smith has hired a senior lawyer from Lehman Brothers as a non-contentious regulatory specialist for the firm’s growing financial services regulatory (FSR) practice. Patrick Buckingham is currently european regulatory counsel at Lehman. He joined Lehman in 2004 after six years at Clifford Chance, having qualified with Slaughter and May. Herbert Smith partner Martyn Hopper, […]

German trio boosts Lovells litigation team

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Lovells outdoes Becks’ appeal

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Bakers and Links bullish on Ferrexpo IPO

Baker & McKenzie and Linklaters are confident that the London IPO of Ukrainian iron ore company Ferrexpo will go ahead despite legal wranglings in Moscow. Bakers is advising the company on its listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), which is hoping to raise $440m-$550m (£223.26m-£279.07m) to become the first Ukrainian company on the main […]

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