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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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Kirkland raids hedge fund for UK private equity partner

Kirkland & Ellis has further ramped up its London private equity capability with the hire of the general counsel and managing director of US hedge fund Shumway Capital Partners. Sam Pakbaz rejoins Kirkland after six years away from the firm, returning to the Chicago-based firm’s London office as a partner last Thursday (13 July). He […]

FFW leads GMC fight over expert witness immunity

Field Fisher Waterhouse was in the Court of Appeal last week on behalf of the General Medical Council (GMC), fighting a ruling that protects expert witnesses from disciplinary action. Partner Tom Rider was instructed by the GMC to bring the appeal against Mr Justice Collins’ February decision in a case brought by retired paediatrician Sir […]

Legal aid set for massive shake-up

The legal aid market is set for massive upheaval in a series of reforms that will change the way practitioners work and are paid. The changes will come following Lord Carter of Coles’ review of legal aid procurement, whic was published last week (13 July). A year of intensive work has led to the most […]

When in Rome…

Foreign banks have repeatedly been denied access to the Italian market. But a call for increased competition will change all that, say Veronica Pinotti and Jeffrey Greenbaum For the past 10 years foreign banks have looked upon the Italian market with the eyes of a child in the week before Christmas, looking at their presents […]

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