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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Skadden Arps bags first German partner

Sterzinger quits Lovells in Frankfurt; spearheads Skadden’s corporate push New York giant Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is finally launching a German law capability with a partner from Lovells’ Frankfurt office. After about a year of trying to hire a German-qualified partner, the firm is taking on Richard Sterzinger to spearhead the growth of […]

The man behind the liquidation

Brian Smouha, lead liquidator at Deloitte & Touche Speak to those who worked both with him and against him and you will be hard pressed to find anyone involved in the BCCI liquidation with a bad word to say about Brian Smouha. The man from Deloitte & Touche, then Touche Ross, appointed to run the […]

The legal teams

The Baron’s legal team (plaintiffs): Counsel: Lead is Michael Crystal QC, head of chambers at 3-4 South Square and Wilberforce Chambers’ Robert Ham QC. Junior counsel is David Alexander from 3-4 South Square. Bermudian attorneys: Jerome Dill and Geoffrey Bell QC (senior counsel), assisted by Arabella di Lorio and Kristine Mueller, all of Appleby Spurling […]

Beachcroft IP head goes to Field Fisher

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has lost its head of intellectual property (IP) and an assistant to Field Fisher Waterhouse. Jonathan Radcliffe was headhunted to lead Field Fisher’s patents practice and moves with his assistant Annabel Dumbell. Beachcrofts partner Alan Wood says the role of IP head is currently being shared, while a decision is being made on […]

Family fortunes

What a shambles. Last month the Thyssen trial – the most expensive in legal history – collapsed when the judge resigned after not securing a better pay package. Since then, the whole thing has descended into bitter recriminations. Such angst, together with the sad death of defendant counsel 52 year-old Trevor Philipson QC (who himself […]

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