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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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LG has boosted its ranks with the hire of an employment partner from Eversheds. Helga Breen took up the post as partner with the firm’s 12-strong employment team today (3 September). LG senior partner Bill Richards said: “Helga’s a successful and talented employment lawyer. “As well as having experience in employment cases involving individuals, she’s […]

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Real Estate

The last year was a great one for real estate teams across the UK, but it was Clifford Chance that maintained its position at the head of the table. The group recorded a turnover of £95.5m, generated by standout deals such as the sale-and-leaseback of HSBC’s Canary Wharf headquarters, where it advised new client Spanish […]

London: Lower Mid-Market

London’s smaller mid-market firms, which broadly speaking slot into the £50m-£100m turnover bracket (Salans aside) need to work hard to distinguish themselves in the cut-throat City environment. They might be on big panels,but they rarely feature on the biggest deals. Salans and Charles Russell, for example, both made it onto the mammoth Barclays panel this […]

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It could simply be taken as a sign of the continued downturn in litigation: the total revenue generated by the UK’s top 20 disputes groups was down last year. Not by a mere £10m or £20m, but by £132m. Big-hitter Lovells was one of eight firms to drop places in the top 20 league, moving […]

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