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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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New Norton Rose chairman Paul Giles says he doesn’t have a great vision for his new role. Emma Vere-Jones meets a man who doesn’t like to plan It is not surprising that Paul Giles won the contested election to become the new chairman of Norton Rose. He has a quality attributable to all successful politicians: […]

Milbank nabs Clifford Chance IP litigator

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s London office is branching out into intellectual property litigation after taking on a highly-rated Clifford Chance (CC) partner. David Perkins, 59, who retired from Clifford Chance on 30 April, is the second magic circle lateral Milbank Tweed has scooped this year. The firm scored a coup by taking on Freshfields […]

Chancery precision

Despite the minefield of high-profile cases the Chancery Division is involved in, it is admired across the world. Anthony Trace QC and Oliver Michell report Some incongruous images arise if one relies on Dickens’ famous satire of the suitors of the Court of Chancery for a description of the modern Chancery Division. “That most pestilent […]

Theodores associates follow departed partners

Five further legacy Theodore Goddard (Addleshaw Goddard since 1 May) fee-earners are to join banking partners Michael Black and Jayesh Patel at Denton Wilde Sapte this week, now that the City firm has confirmed its merger with Addleshaw Booth & Co. Black and Patel, along with six partners due to go to Salans, left Theodores […]

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