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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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Lone Kanters partner gains entry into Olswang’s equity club

Olswang’s equity club” />Only one of the lawyers that recently joined Olswang from London property boutique Kanter Jules has entered the equity. In total, nine fee-earners joined Olswang from the former 11-partner Kanters on 2 May. Four were originally set to sign up as partners, with two entering the equity. It has emerged that on […]

Pillsbury overhauls management

Freshly merged Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is hoping to ensure a more dramatic rise up the Am Law 100 rankings next year after taking the dramatic step of overhauling its management. San Francisco-based Pillsbury Winthrop, which merged with Washington DC-headquartered Shaw Pittman last year, rose 12 places in the rankings to place 30th this year […]

Balancing the needs of employees

Caroline Rawes, head of HR, Linklaters Lawyers are in demand. The recent round of pay increases is indicative of the increasing competition to attract and retain the best of them. But the job of a lawyer is, in return, a demanding one. Lawyers working in private practice in the City, and particularly in international law […]

Milbank, Davis Polk act on Indian IPO

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and Davis Polk & Wardwell advised on the Rs270bn (£3.16bn) IPO of Reliance Petroleum – India’s largest-ever IPO. Reliance has been formed to set up a petroleum refinery and polypropylene plant in the state of Gujarat and will comprise part of the world’s largest oil refinery complex. Funding for the […]

Freshfields loses first German competition partner

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost a German competition partner to the Brussels office of US firm Howrey. From June, Marc Reysen, will join Howrey’s Belgian operation. According to German magazine JUVE, the lawyer is the first partner from Freshfields’ large German competition practice to move to another firm. Reysen specialises in M&A competition law. Recent […]

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