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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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Pinsents hits targets with Addleshaws hire

The Manchester office of Pinsent Curtis Biddle has announced the appointment of Simon Masters as a partner in its corporate group Masters joins from Addleshaw Booth & Co’s corporate finance team. He is well known for his expertise in dealing with the market abuse and financial promotion regimes introduced by the Financial Services and Markets […]

Wessing turnover up 10 per cent

The German half of Taylor Wessing has posted a 10 per cent increase in turnover for the 2002 calendar year, to £44m The legacy Wessing equity partnership saw profits remain the same as 2001 at £250,000 per equity partner. Wessing formally merged with City firm Taylor Joynson Garrett (TJG) in September last year, but the […]

Eversheds ramps up real estate

Eversheds is pushing ahead with the development of an international real estate and finance practice The firm has hired a partner and three assistants from SG Archibald, the former French arm of Andersen Legal. Kristine Karsten is dual-qualified in France and the US. She joins Paris real estate partner Alexandre de Goüyon Matignon and six […]

CC Paris acts for Agricole on acquisition of Lyonnais

Investment in French competition capability pays off Clifford Chance’s Paris office has snared Crédit Agricole as an antitrust client through new lateral hire Claude Lazarus. Clifford Chance is advising alongside corporate lawyers at Bredin Prat on Agricole’s e19.5bn (£12.7bn) acquisition of Credit Lyonnais, the largest French M&A deal of 2002. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton […]

Akin Gump boosts London with two lawyers

Akin Gump has relocated New York funds partner David Billings to the UK to set up a new hedge funds practice. As well as Billings, the firm has recruited Dechert lawyer Simon Thomas as counsel.

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