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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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DWF to move into Walkie Talkie building

DWF is moving to London’s famous Walkie Talkie building after agreeing to take around 40,000 sq ft at 20 Fenchurch Street. The firm is moving from its current base at 85 King William Street to the distinctive reflective building, which made headlines last year for melting a nearby bike and parts of a sports car. […]

Melanie Chell of Shoosmiths features in Motor Finance Power 50 list

Melanie Chell, head of Shoosmiths’ asset finance team, has been included in this year’s Motor Finance Power 50, which lists the 50 most influential and powerful people in UK car finance.  Ranked at 25, she is included in a list that features chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne and governor of the Bank of England […]

BVI approved manager regime extended to qualifying funds in recognised jurisdictions

The British Virgin Islands’ (BVI’s) approved manager regime for investment managers and advisers — introduced in December 2012 by the Investment Business (Approved Manager) Regulations 2012 — has had a successful first year, becoming increasingly popular for its straightforward and low-cost application process and ‘lighter-touch’ regulatory requirements. The BVI has now introduced amendments with effect from 2 […]

Milan

Germany’s Rödl takes Milan team from corporate boutique

German multi-disciplinary firm Rödl & Partner has strengthened its presence in Italy with the hire of the Milan office of local M&A firm BLF Studio Legale. Led by partners Daniele Bonvicini and Alessandro Borelli, the move adds six lawyers to Rödl’s Italian operations. Rödl already has four offices in Italy, in Bolzano, Padova and Rome […]

Basel III changes are good news for economic growth, says Eversheds

Eversheds has commented on changes to the Basel III regulations, stating that they are good news for economic growth. Paul Worth, partner and head of the financial services sector at Eversheds, said: ‘Relaxing the Basel III leverage ratio to allow banks to net off their derivatives positions, for example, is good news for economic growth. […]

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