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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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Andersen Legal attacks Dutch Bar

Andersen Legal has sent a warning to the Dutch Bar by publishing a critical report on the bar’s ban of associations between law firms and accountants. The report, entitled “Fair Competition and the Practice of Law in The Netherlands”, was released at the International Bar Association (IBA) conference in Amsterdam on 22 September. It attacks […]

Bingham adds to NY capability

Boston firm Bingham Dana is taking on a finance partner from Mayer Brown & Platt to boost its New York practice. Scott Zemser does both banking and finance work, as well as workouts and restructurings. His financial institution clients include Société Generale, DLJ, ING Barings, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, First Union and HSBC. Managing […]

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Lord Melchett, the chief executive of Greenpeace, and 27 other members of the environmental group, were found not guilty of criminal damage after destroying a field of genetically modified (GM) maize. The jury not only found in their favour, but also ordered that the prosecution should award them £250,000 costs. The decision enraged farmers and […]

DLA forms Singapore alliance

J Koh & Co, which has 21 lawyers, specialises in cross-boarder transactions, project financing, M & A, private equity, structured dept and securities. The move follows DLA’s recent announcement that Italian law firm, De Berti, Jacchia, Perno & Associati will joining D&P in January 2001. DLA’s Singapore office will focus on shipping, marine insurance and […]

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