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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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Brief encounter: laytons

Laytons may be a small firm but it still manages to cover a large part of the UK, with offices in London, Bristol, Surrey and Manchester. The past few years have seen tentative steps towards expanding its core resources in order to retain big-name clients, including a myriad of banks and well-known brands, from First […]

The Leader column

The ongoing battle for control of German firm Gaedertz is pitching those of you with unsatisfied global ambitions into a real head-to-head. The cast list is starting to read like a who’s who of wannabe international players – enter Lathams, Mayer Brown & Platt, Eversheds and Norton Rose. What is more interesting is the fight […]

Axa Corporate Solutions sets up cross-border legal panel

Axa Corporate Solutions, part of the Axa group, has set up its own panel of law firms following an extensive beauty parade. Out of the 18 firms invited to tender, the successful firms are expected to be whittled down to 11. Several firms, including Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Ensor Byfield, James Chapman & Co, Kennedys and Weightmans […]

Asia specific

In simple terms, the world consists of three principal financial elements: the US, Europe and Asia. But looking at the strategies of some firms recently, you would be forgiven for thinking there were only two. While everyone in London is running around seeking out European mergers in a bid to win the eye of a […]

Linklaters wraps up Jolly deal as hotel sales revive

Linklaters & Alliance has finally completed one of the largest single asset transactions for first-time client Jolly Hotels. The deal involves the £57m acquisition of St Ermin’s Hotel in Westminster from US group Strategic Hotel Capital, and turns the tables on a year-long slowdown in investment in the London hotel market. After a period in […]

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