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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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In brief: McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Will & Emery, the US firm, is acting for two Kosovan Albanians who are suing Slobodan Milosevic and other members of the Yugoslav government and military for genocide and war crimes. The action is taking place in the US. Professor Abram Chayes leads the McDermotts team, which also includes John Reynolds from the firm’s […]

Land case to cut public access

Judgment is pending in the House of Lords in a case which could have major impact on public access to privately-owned but open areas of land. The battle is over a plot of land at the Oxfordshire village of Sunningwell which was donated to the Church of England many years ago. Planning consent has been […]

Weil Gotshal plans major presence across Europe

US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges is expanding into Europe. The firm is talking to possible merger partners and lateral hires in Germany and France, and is also considering opening in Italy and Spain. Managing partner Maurice Allen says the firm wants to do something “big and brave” in Europe. He says discussions should be […]

SJ Berwin plunders leading Spanish firm for new office

SJ Berwin has raided a Spanish law firm to establish its own Madrid office and strengthen its Brussels team. The City firm has taken on two teams from B Cremades y Asociados in Madrid, one of Spain’s largest law firms. In Madrid, senior corporate partner Carlos Pazos will bring two assistants with him to set […]

…and makes 18 new partner promotions

Eversheds has made up 18 partners, bringing its total to 342, in the latest round of internal partner appointments. Six of the new partners are women, which brings the total number of female partners at the firm to 60. The greatest growth has taken place in the property and litigation departments, according to the firm. […]

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