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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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Linklaters offers no win, no fee deal for pension cases

Linklaters is to offer a no win, no fee deal for clients appealing pension decisions. If the conditional fee scheme is successful, it is likely to spread to other areas of commercial litigation. The move follows a change in legislation last year allowing firms to adopt contingency fee arrangements for civil cases. Before, it applied […]

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Linklaters advised two clients on major shopping centre deals: the £93m acquisition of the Brunel Centre in Swindon and the acquisition of Wolsey Place in Woking, Surrey. In Swindon the Linklaters team, led by Christopher Coombe, advised MEPC, which acquired the Brunel Centre from Swindon Borough Council, which was advised by Berwin Leighton. In Woking, […]

Are firms being led up the garden path?

Thirty years ago, there were two ways out of law firms for partners: “They were either dismissed for incompetence or they died,” says David Dalgarno, employment partner with McDermott Will & Emery. But the massive changes undergone by City firms over the last 20 years have left their mark on the old partnership ideal. The […]

A law unto themselves

In our first look at the figures who shaped the legal millennium Alan Hyman reveals the story of 19th Century New York legal team Abraham Hummel and Londoner William Howe, known as Eagle Abe and the Weeper, who became heroes of the criminal set and the bane of the establishment. As we approach the end […]

Whitbread

Three months ago, the completion of Whitbread’s £2.8bn attempt to buy the Allied Domecq retailing arm seemed assured. The deal, which would have given Whitbread 3,500 of Allied’s pubs, appeared to be finalised, with the two sides advised by top City firms Clifford Chance and Linklaters & Alliance respectively. Both sides were fighting to meet […]

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