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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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Dentons’ 6 per cent turnover hike outstripped by City rivals’

Denton Wilde Sapte’s financial results revealed a sluggish performance compared with its large City peers’, as revenue grew by a disappointing 6 per cent to £164.4m. Last year’s restructuring of the financial institutionspractice failed to turn around the fate of the underperforming department, which also posted around 6 per cent growth. Dentons chief executive officer […]

Simmons takes ship designer to AIM

Simmons & Simmons has advised German ship designer TGE Marine AG on its entry to AIM in one of the largest flotations on the alternative market this year. The IPO raised £24m for the company and secured a market capitalisation of £158m for TGE, which is only the second German public company to list on […]

Maclay Murray promotes four to partner

Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens has made up four to the partnership, with half the promotions taking place in its London office. London-based associates Guy Norfolk and Chris Vause joined the partnership in the corporate and banking groups respectively. In Edinburgh, corporate lawyer Brian Moore and property specialist Alan Stewart were made up. Chief […]

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