This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 24th November 2013

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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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Bank of Ireland hires new UK general counsel

The Bank of Ireland has hired John Bennett as general counsel to its UK subsidiary, succeeding Jan Karpinsky who retired earlier this year. Bennett, who formerly worked as transactional head of legal for the Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS’) wholesale division, now reports to the Bank of Ireland’s group legal services head Gabrielle Ryan.  The […]

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Pannone – a firm of two halves

Slater & Gordon announced its largest acquisition to date today, with the £33m takeover of Pannone’s consumer business. It has been a deal months in the making. Hannah Gannage-Stewart looks at the behind-the-scenes negotiations Finally, after months of painful deliberation, due diligence is almost complete and Slater & Gordon has confirmed that a sale agreement […]

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Peters & Peters and BCL Burton Copeland stand by for Saatchi, Lawson showdown

Peters & Peters has been thrust into the limelight again after high-profile client Charles Saatchi told a London court that his ex-wife Nigella Lawson was so ‘off her head’ on drugs that she allowed two assistants to splurge £300,000. Italian sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo have turned to London-based Janes Solicitors to defend the case […]

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American Express GC to join Cleary after two decades in role

American Express general counsel Louise Parent has quit the credit card giant to join the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton after 20 years in the job. Parent, who joined the business in 1977, announced her retirement from the role in April this year and is expected to join Cleary as of […]

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