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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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Clark Pips Pescod to the Post for Senior Partner Role

Senior corporate partner Clark is taking over the position from Giles Henderson who will step down after eight years in the post. Clark was pitched against senior corporate partner Michael Pescod for the senior partner role which was announced to partners this morning after the ballot process was completed yesterday (22 January). Henderson, who has […]

THE NATIONAL LOTTERY

1993: Lottery is created by the National Lottery Act and safeguarded by Oflot and the director general. Branson’s the People’s Lottery loses out when the first seven-year franchise is awarded to Camelot. 1994: The National Lottery is launched. 1997: Labour’s manifesto says it will seek an “efficient, not-for-profit operator”. “Fat cat” row blows up over […]

Let’s fit together

News of the Pinsent Curtis-Biddle merger was a surprise to many in the market. Fiona Callister meets Julian Tonks and Martin Lane and asks, is it a marriage of two equals? They make a sweet couple, Julian Tonks and Martin Lane, sitting next to each other in Biddle’s offices. While Pinsent Curtis’ senior partner Tonks […]

The law is an ass

These pages have been dominated recently by (male) lawyers making optimum use of their time by continuing to work even when relieving themselves. Tulkinghorn is sure you all remember the partner at a top 20 firm who regularly makes calls from his mobile while on the toilet, often to his longsuffering secretary, who has reported […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Geneva Technology merges with Ohio-based Convergys Corporation in deal worth $700m (£482m). Geneva Technology advised by Brobeck Hale and Dorr (Tom Kellerman) and Simmons & Simmons (Charles Fuller). Convergys advised by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (Alan Klein) and Frost Brown Todd (Neil Ganulin). Financial adviser Salomon Smith Barney advised by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton […]

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