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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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Oppenhoff reels from IP partner exodus

Oppenhoff & Rädler’s Cologne office is losing four of its intellectual property (IP) partners, leading to speculation that the firm is winding down its IP practice. Rainer Jacobs is setting up his own practice in Cologne and Joachim Wessel is joining BBLP Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener in Düsseldorf where he will establish an IP […]

CORPORATE

Bodycote buys US-based Lindberg for $164m (£109.9m). Bodycote advised in the UK by Eversheds (Edward Pysden), and in the US by Pray Walker Jackman Williamson & Marlar (Terry Doverspike) and Jones Day Reavis & Pogue (Jere Thomson). Lindberg advised by Bell Boyd & Lloyd (John Bitner).

Private life

After many years in the wilderness, private client departments have rediscovered a favourable profile, even at the leading City firms. At Macfarlanes, however, private client work has never been out of fashion. In fact, last year the department had the highest billable hours in the firm, despite its reputation as the Slaughter and May for […]

REAL ESTATE AND PROJECTS

Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust signs £30m investment deal with project company Hull Maternity Development and facilities provider Dresdner Kleinwort Benson to create new maternity and gynaecology unit. Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Trust advised by Pinsent Curtis (Michael Boyd, Ingrid Hoffbauer, Dean Larder, John Cleland and Gareth Jones). Hull Maternity Development advised […]

EUROSeA/PARK PLAZA

Eurosea and Park Plaza are proving dream clients for Tarlo Lyons, providing a steady stream of work across the board as they develop and invest in the UK hotel industry. The firm acts on a substantial part of Eurosea/Park Plaza work. Last year it worked with them on their rapid growth in the UK, with […]

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