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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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Ben Bennett: Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield’s Ben Bennett has found a role that makes use of both his legal and business skills. By Jon Parker Cushman & Wakefield is the world’s largest private real estate business. In December last year Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison client IFIL Investments valued the company at $975m (£483.98m) when it paid […]

BBC’s legal director promoted to worldwide COO position

The BBC’s director of business and legal affairs Sarah Cooper has been promoted to chief operating officer (COO) at BBC Worldwide. The role, which is newly created, will see Cooper become directly responsible for all of BBC Worldwide’s corporate operations, including legal and business affairs, talent accounting and corporate governance. Cooper’s former position as director […]

Paul Hastings raises London NQ salaries to £90k

US firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has matched Weil Gotshal & Manges by upping its London newly qualifieds’ salary to £90,000. London NQs at Paul Hastings have benefitted from a 20 per cent rise in base salary in the move, which London managing partner Mark Eagan defined as an attempt by the firm to […]

White & Case, Links brought in on CVC’s planned LBO for Altadis

Linklaters and White & Case have landed lead roles on CVC Capital Partners’ planned leveraged buyout (LBO) of tobacco company Altadis. Linklaters, which has an established relationship with the private equity house, is advising CVC on all aspects of the e12.8bn (£8.63bn) bid. The team is being led by Madrid-based partner Alejandro Ortiz. CVC’s preferred […]

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