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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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In brief: Linnells picks up Dallas Best partners

The remaining two partners at the office of dissolved Oxford practice Dallas Brett commercial litigator Andrew Shaw and aviation specialist Glenvil Smith have been picked up by Oxford firm Linnells, along with Dallas Brett assistant Danielle Battigelli. The seven-partner firm dissolved in November after three intellectual property partners left for Rouse & Co in London.

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Hammond Suddards advised P&O Property Holdings on the £320m sale of the Arndale Centre in Manchester to Prudential, advised by Lovell White Durrant.

Manches suffers triple loss as prized partners depart from firm

Manches & Co has suffered a triple loss its head of banking Andrew Knight, and head of insolvency Andrew Visintin are to join Edge & Ellison in London, while regulatory partner-designate Maeve Bromwich has left after only two months to go in-house at Merrill Lynch. Manches recruited Andrew Knight from Hammond Suddards two years ago […]

US survey finds gulf in expectations

US law firms expect to receive far more work in the next three years than US in-house counsel expect to send them, a nationwide survey has revealed. While less than 5 per cent of in-house counsel intend to send more corporate work to law firms, 58 per cent of firms expect to get more work, […]

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