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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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New European Patent Office chief calls for quality

The new president of the European Patent Office (EPO) Alison Brimelow has started her term in office with a vow to improve the quality of patents issued by the office. Brimelow said: “The task now is to make sure that the patents that we grant are relevant. What we need is not more patents, but […]

A&O, Ashurst and SJ Berwin scoop £1bn Canary Wharf deal

Allen & Overy, Ashurst and SJ Berwin each landed a role advising on the £1bn sale of Citigroup’s Canary Wharf European headquarters, with the deal closing on Saturday night (30 June). Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), which bought the building four years ago, sold the 42-storey property to a joint venture between Irish businessman Derek […]

McDermott raid sparks change at Lovells Italy

Lovells has seen a number of changes in its Italian presence following the departure of two lawyers to McDermott Will & Emery. McDermott, which split from Italian firm Carnelutti last year, will launch a competition capability in the peninsula with the addition of Veronica Pinotti. Although Pinotti was a senior associate at Lovells, she had […]

That sinking feeling

On Monday (25 June) The Lawyer revealed that Irwin Mitchell was one of the growing legion of UK law firms that may seek a stock market listing in the post-Clementi era. But what’s this? Last week Tulkinghorn heard rumours that Irwin Mitchell has already beaten all of its rivals to that aim, although perhaps not […]

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