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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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Hovis appoints Helen Selby as GC and sets up first legal team

Bread brand Hovis has established its own legal team headed by former Premier Foods counsel Helen Selby.  The creation of the new legal team follows the acquisition of a 51 per cent stake in the business by Gore Group in April. She joined Hovis in May from Swedish lock manufacturer Assa Abloy where she was […]

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Ashurst sends finance partner Lancaster to boost Glasgow office

Ashurst’s Michael Lancaster will be the first finance partner to be based in the firm’s Glasgow office as part of a plan to expand its low cost support base in Scotland. Lancaster will relocate from Ashurst’s Paris office in November to be the firm’s first finance partner based in Scotland. Lancaster specialises in general banking and […]

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China Elite 2014

The Lawyer’s exclusive investigation into the Chinese legal market gives the inside track on the top firms and the pressures they operate under This year’s Fortune Global 500 reveals that 95 Chinese companies have made it into the world’s largest 500 companies by revenue, up by six from last year. Together, these companies posted $5.8trn […]

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Freshfields bids for US M&A home run

Magic circle player splashes out as it aims for the New York corporate heights In recent years, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has focused its US efforts on litigation and is now turning its attention to its transactional team in a big way. This month the firm created two corporate leadership roles, taking on former Wachtell Lipton […]

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