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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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Cobbetts public sector first scoops councils quartet

Cobbetts has won a unique role as the preferred legal supplier to four northern councils. Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and Stockport Councils have entered into a joint legal services partnership – believed to be the first of its kind in the UK public sector. Cobbetts will advise the four councils across all practice areas, while the […]

Baker & McKenzie suffers exodus of six German partners to US firms

Baker & McKenzie’s (B&M) German practice has lost six t partners to US rivals, including finance head Rainer Magold. According to Germany’s Juve magazine, rated acquisition finance lawyer Magold and rising banking star Christina Ungeheuer have joined Milbank Tweed Hadley & McLoy, for which they will open a Frankfurt office. Milbank opened its first German […]

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German law firm Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz has beefed up its energy law practice with the appointment of the chairman of German energy providerRWE Westfalen-Weser-Ems AG to the firm. Dr Wolfgang Kässer will join Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz on 1 January, concentrating on new energy legislation on unbundling, pricing, transmission and emission trading. He will work alongside […]

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There is no cure-all for the pensions crisis, but giving the employer control is a positive step The recent Turner Report emphasised the scale of the pensions crisis in the UK. The report was just an interim one but it contained a clear pointer on the way to overcome the crisis. It indicates the need […]

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