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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Dentons turnover up 6 per cent at half-year

Denton Wilde Sapte has grown turnover by six per cent for the first six months of 2008-09 to hit £78.3m. The firm made £74.1m during the same period for 2007-08, which was a 10 per cent hike on 2006-07. Chief Executive Howard Morris (pictured) said: “This is a solid result given the current level of […]

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Davis Polk, Kirkland, Simpson Thacher line up for election scheme

A trio of US elite firms are working pro bono to answer questions from US voters during the election. Lawyers from Davis Polk & Wardwell, Kirkland & Ellis and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett will be manning the phones to address questions and concerns from the electorate as part of the Election Protection scheme, which is […]

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Shearman loses Latin America partner to Linklaters

Linklaters” />Alberto Luzárraga, a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s Latin America practice has quit the firm for Linklaters. Shearman senior partner Rohan Weerasinghe announced Luzárraga’s departure last night (Wednesday 29 October). He is expected to start work at Linklaters on Monday (3 November), where he will join New York corporate and capital markets partner Ray […]

Heller chairman finds a home at Dechert

Dechert” />The final chairman of Heller Ehrman, the US West Coast-based firm which dissolved last month, has joined Dechert in San Francisco. Matt Larrabee guided Heller through its final two years of operation but is a litigation lawyer by trade and it is in this guise that he joins Dechert. Dechert chairman Bart Winokur said: […]

Eversheds’ turnover drops 4 per cent

Eversheds‘ turnover drops 4 per cent” />Eversheds has seen turnover drop during the first six months off the financial year, with revenues sitting 4 per cent down on the same period last year. The drop means Eversheds, which is the first firm to announce its half-year results, attracted £188m in fees over the six-month period […]

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