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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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Jones Day bolsters Europe practices with five partners

Jones Day Reavis & Pogue has boosted its Paris, Madrid and Belgian offices with the recruitment of five new partners. The firm’s Madrid office takes on two-partner competition practice G&J Abogados, while the Paris office is gaining two corporate partners from Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot. Stibbe partners Oliver Edwards and Jean-Marc Franceschi will join the […]

DESPA

A high level of direct investment and forward-funding activity from this German investment fund, particularly over the last 18 months, have made it one of Simmons’ most significant property clients. Better still, Simmons is the only English firm Despa uses. The relationship goes back to Despa’s first investment in the UK six years ago and […]

Digest

Addleshaw Booth & Co’s Leeds office is losing the head of its competition practice to Eversheds. Rod Lambert, who has been with Addleshaws for just over a year, is joining Eversheds as a partner to be the first competition lawyer in its Manchester office. Adam Collinson, head of competition at Eversheds’ Manchester and Leeds offices, […]

Clifford Chance scores £10bn for oil company

Clifford Chance has successfully steered its client towards a $14.75bn (£10bn) United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) award, the largest ever payment of its kind. The firm is acting for the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), which was awarded the money for the loss of just over two years worth of oil production due to the 1990 […]

Polish government set to grant LLP status to foreign law firms

The Polish government is on the verge of passing legislation that allows foreign law firms to become limited liability partnerships (LLPs). Until recently, foreign law firms have operated in Poland as limited liability companies. But under new laws, which are in the final stage of being passed, LLP status will now be possible. The deadline […]

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