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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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Professional Negligence Special Report: The ex factor

A recent case provides useful guidance on when a law firm can and cannot act for a former client. Richard Harrison reports. The issues that a law firm needs to consider if it wants to act against a former client were clarified in the recent case of Winters v Mischon de Reya (2008). Mishcon de […]

Eni shuns external advice on £4bn deal to cut costs

Italian energy company Eni drew entirely on its in-house legal team when disposing of EUR 4.7bn (£4.18bn) worth of subsidiaries, amid a plan to drastically cut its future legal spend. Eni restructured its legal department late last year to operate along geographical lines and the company aims to reduce its external legal spend by 20 […]

Colt kicks off hunt for Euro advisers

Colt Telecom has begun the search for new legal advisers to work across its European network. The telecommunications provider ;already ;has ­preferred firms in each European jurisdiction, but is planning to hire sole advisers for employment, regulatory and commercial work across the region. Colt has also reduced the number of suppliers it uses in each […]

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