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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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Bird & Bird has complained to its landlord after a burlesque club, known as Volupté, opened underneath its Chancery Lane office. Volupté opened in mid-March and shares the same building and landlord as the firm, which objected to the changed use of the property. Bird & Bird refused to comment on whether it would take […]

Bonelli hikes IP dept with swoop for Guglielmetti

Slaughter and May‘s Italian best friend Bonelli Erede Pappalardo has snapped up Milan IP boutique Studio Legale Guglielmetti as part of a plan to rebuild the practice following the death of promising senior associate Carlo Coppi last summer. Bonelli added five lawyers in the swoop, almost doubling the number of lawyers in the IP practice […]

Bracher Rawlin partner joins Davenport Lyons

London West End firm Davenport Lyons has a new employment partner in John Hayes. He joins from City firm Bracher Rawlin and has experience advising US businesses, especially in the recruitment, retail, construction and professional services sectors. Jon Parker

Unhealthy supplement?

The Government’s new development tax has come in for its fair share of criticism. Simon Ricketts looks at a future under PGS The Government’s proposed new tax on development, the Planning Gain Supplement (PGS), has attracted criticism from many quarters since the Chancellor’s announcement in his pre-Budget speech on 5 December 2005. What is the […]

Scandinavia

The M&A wave sweeping Europe has reached Scandinavia. The M&A wave sweeping Europe has reached Scandinavia. In Sweden, hostile bids are on the increase. This Scandinavia Special Report analyses one such recent deal and considers its effects in the context of the Takeover Directive, which is due to be implemented on 1 June. The report […]

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