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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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Lovells has installed Chinese walls to advise Star Capital Partners on its plann-ed acquisition of the Tube Lines stake belonging to em-battled services group Jarvis. A team of London lawyers, headed by partner Philip Brown, is advising Star Capital and SMIF, Star’s secondary market fund, in exclusive negotiations with Jarvis. Reports say the Tube Lines sale could fetch […]

On top of the shops

Shopping centre business Westfield is a household name in Australia. With its £585m takeover of Chelsfield it’s heading in the same direction over here. By Gemma Westacott Polly Joseph should probably buy shares in Anadin. After all, as the sole corporate counsel for Westfield Shoppingtowns she is facing a rather large and complicated legal headache […]

RAC endorses Clementi findings

The RAC has called on the Government to implement the recommendations made by Sir David Clementi in his report into the legal industry. RAC’s head of legal affairs Johnathan Gulliford welcomed Clementi’s findings, that were published today, and said: “Clementi’s report provides the foundation for the 21st century legal industry that puts the customer first.” […]

Lovells, Simmons miss out on HSBC global panel

Lovells and Simmons & Simmons have both failed to secure places on HSBC Holdings’ coveted global legal panel following the conclusion of the global banking giant’s review of external advisers. The review, which was kickstarted in August, has resulted in HSBC replacing its eight-strong London panel with a global panel comprising Allen & Overy, Clifford […]

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