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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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The former editor of The Observer Will Hutton once said that the regulator was “the British state in miniature” (The State We’re In, 1996). His words have ironic resonance in the title of the new House of Lords Select Committee report on the constitution, ‘The Regulatory State: Ensuring its Accountability’, which was published in May. The idea behind the […]

Landwell partner moves to Bird & Bird

Landwell has sustained a partner loss after its London-based head of real estate left for Bird & Bird. Russell Dellar will team up once again with Bird & Bird head of real estate Jonathan Baker. The pair were partners at Denton Wilde Sapte before Dellar joined Landwell and Baker moved to Bird & Bird. First […]

Freshfields stands down as appeal hearing pends

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is expected to be granted leave to appeal this afternoon (3 June) against the injunction brought against the firm yesterday by Marks & Spencer’s lawyers Slaughter and May. A hearing has been scheduled at 2.00pm today where the firm’s application to appeal will be heard. It is then expected Freshfields’ appeal will […]

Freshfields update: “The horse may well have bolted.”

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has offered two undertakings in its attempt to overturn an injunction preventing the firm from acting on Philip Green’s bid for Marks & Spencer (M&S) So far during the hearing, which is in session at the moment, Michael Brindle QC, as counsel for Freshfields, has undertaken that “Green and the consortium have […]

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