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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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Europe: what happened when

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ECB backs harmonisation of EU securitisation law

ECB general counsel pledges support to harmonisation of EU member states in bid to catch-up US The Fight for harmonisation of securitisation law throughout the EU received a massive boost this month when the general counsel of the European Central Bank (ECB) Antonio Sainz de Vicuna lent his support to lawyers arguing the case.At a […]

Wragges takes on City with Herbert Smith raid

Strategy shift as Birmingham firm hires property star; other practice areas to follow In a shock move, Wragge & Co has hired leading Herbert Smith property partner Gerald Bland to launch a London real estate practice.The new venture is the first clear signal of a U-turn in Wragges’ Birmingham-centric strategy and the firm’s first foray […]

Mayer Brown drafts Dickinson onto board

Corporate dept maintains political dominance in London with board representation Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has appointed corporate partner Peter Dickinson to its London management board in the run-up to the retirement of senior partner Stuart James.Dickinson is a key corporate player at the firm and a close ally of London senior partner designate and […]

Real Estate and Projects Summary

Nabarro Nathanson (Paul McDermott, Helen Randall) advised West Berkshire District Council on a £100m public-private strategic partnership, involving the outsourcing of support services to Amey BPO. Addleshaw Booth & Co advised Amey BPO. Beachcroft Wansbroughs (Alan Wood, Chris Ward) advised Norwich City Council on the £85m Norwich Connect PFI deal to update, refresh and re-engineer […]

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