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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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UGGC increases Chinese capabilities with exclusive Concord relationship

French firm UGGC & Associés has formed an exclusive partnership with Chinese firm Concord & Partners as it ramps up its presence in the country. UGGC has its own offices in ­Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, but partner Olivier Lefébure said the partnership with Concord is an effort to expand its client base in China. Lefébure said the two firms […]

Nabarro to represent Government on coalminer liabilities

Nabarro has set up a northshoring arrangement that will see it manage all strategic, legal and claims work ­related to sick coalminers from its Sheffield office. The firm has signed a deal with the Department of Energy and Climate Change to handle all its liabilities resulting from the former British Coal Corporation and its subsidiaries […]

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With sovereign debt problems sweeping Europe, is an increase in insolvencies likely? Not necessarily, says Frank Tschentscher May you live in interesting times” is reputed to be the English ­translation of an ancient Chinese curse heaped upon an enemy, and I cannot remember a time of greater uncertainty than the present one. Skyrocketing government debt in Europe and […]

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Barclays M&A legal chief Matthew Dobson believes his job combines the best parts of in-house and private practice, says Andrew Pugh Since he moved to the bank four years ago from Australian firm Blake Dawson, Barclays M&A legal chief Matthew Dobson has taken a leading role on a series of big-ticket deals. That means much of his work […]

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