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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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Bar Council chairman Timothy Dutton QC is set to become Fountain Court Chambers new head of chambers, replacing Michael Brindle QC. Dutton, who was called to the Bar in 1979 and took silk in 1998, will assume his new role on 1 October when Brindle’s five-year term ends after standing unopposed. Brindle will remain at […]

Kirkland and Willkie power up for Constellation deal

Kirkland & Ellis and Willkie Farr & Gallagher have snared lead roles on MidAmerican Energy’s $4.7bn (£2.6bn) acquisition of Constellation Energy. A Kirkland team, led by partners George Stamas and Mark Director advised Constellation while Willkie partners Peter Hanlon, Adam Turtletaub and Laurence Weltman advised Warren Buffet’s MidAmerican Energy. Kirkland has an existing relationship with […]

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South East and London hardest hit as law firm redundancy toll rises to 440

Law firms in the South East and London have laid off more staff than those in any other region in England and Wales, with real estate departments bearing the brunt of the impact. Exclusive research carried out by The Lawyer shows that 117 people have been made redundant at firms in the South East – […]

Lawyer dearth sees GCs bag top dollar in UAE

In-house lawyers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are being paid more than ever because of a lack of suitable candidates. In-house lawyers in the United ;Arab ;Emirates (UAE) are being paid more than ever because of a lack of suitable candidates. The shortage has prevailed despite the credit crunch causing some expats to look east. A […]

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The court system needs to address the high costs of lower-end commercial disputes if it wants to service the business community effectively. The ;Commercial ;Court’s long trial working party ­recommendations and the development of the business courts at the Rolls Building would ­suggest a bright future for the courts. Despite these positive moves for the […]

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