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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 Allen & Overy and Sidley Austin debt teams have dominated the European capital markets during the first half of 2006. Linklaters continues to lead the charge in equities while Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer wins top spot in IPOs in Thomson Financial’s European capital market tables for the second quarter. A&O maintained its lead position for […]

Get a grip on the law

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Firm profile: HGF Law

HGF Law is a nine-partner law firm working within the wider HGF intellectual property firm.  HGF has twelve offices across the UK as well as in The Hague and Basel, with specialised intellectual property solicitors based in London, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester.  In total the firm has over 120 patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys and solicitors providing a full service IP offering to clients.  HGF creates and manages significant IP portfolios for the world’s leading companies and research institutes.  HGF’s lawyers advise on IP strategy, commercialisation and licensing, enforcement and dispute resolution, with significant experience in High Court patent and trade mark litigation.

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