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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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Simmons chosen for M&S defence

Troubled retailer Marks & Spencer is believed to have brought in Simmons & Simmons to oversee its defence after a Paris court ruled that the company had violated national labour laws. French firm Fromont Briens et Associés, which has been advising Marks & Spencer’s operations in France, will continue its role as legal adviser. The […]

Stibbe splits from Paris office after Latham talks

Paris pushed before it can jump; Latham & Watkins interested in only French, German and UK offices European law firm Stibbe is splitting following talks between the firm’s Paris office and US law firm Latham & Watkins. Partners in Amsterdam, Brussels, London and New York claim they are causing the split because of a disagreement […]

Liquid assets

Organisation: awg plc Sector: Water and asset management FTSE 250 ranking: 30 Market capitalisation: £1.6bn Employees: 4,000 in the UK and a total of 10,000 worldwide Legal capability: 11 solicitors and 10 support staff Head of legal: Patrick Firth Reporting to: Group finance director Elliott Mannis Main location for lawyers: Huntingdon Main law firms: Herbert […]

Kirklees council

This is the first time that a local authority has sought equity participation in an education PFI project. Supported by Partnerships UK, the former PFI Treasury Taskforce, the pilot sees Kirklees holding 30 per cent of the total equity stake of more than £500,000 and taking a seat on the project company’s board. Kirklees will […]

Dr Martens wins lawyer from Abbey

R Griggs Group, the company which makes the Dr Martens brand, has appointed William Johnson from Abbey National as group lawyer and company secretary. The hire comes as part of an internal restructure. Johnson will be based at the company’s Northamptonshire headquarters. He joins on 1 May from Abbey National after four years of service […]

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