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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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David Krischer: Allen & Overy

What’s the worst partner conference location you’ve attended and why?An all-day Saturday conference at One New Change, London, many years ago. Allen & Overy” />Name: David Krischer Firm: Allen & Overy (A&O) Title: Global head of international capital markets Lives: Kingston Education: Northwestern University, Chicago; Oxford University Work history: 1982-85: Associate, Hoffman & Davis, Chicago […]

ITMA and LawSoc settle trade mark battle

The Law Society and the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) have settled a row over the use of the title “trade mark attorney”, reaching an agreement through mediation. The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys had intended to trade mark the term “trade mark attorney” last year but was opposed by the Law Society. The […]

Freshfields scoops raft of Chinese deals

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hedged any effects of the credit crunch by landing key roles on five headline equity capital markets (ECM) deals out of China this week. The magic circle firm has advised on three IPOs and two fundraisings this week in the region, where it has around 40 lawyers advising on ECM and […]

Norton Rose’s grooming room

Tulkinghorn would advise US law firm Baker Botts to cordon off an area in its London outfit. The area in question is the former office of corporate finance partner Andrei Yakovlev, who quit after just two months at the Texan firm for Norton Rose. Before Yakovlev had his short stint in that room, partner Jo […]

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