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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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Firms face wage claim rise as Govt clamps down on profit-related pay

Law firms will have to give 9 per cent rises to their salaried staff merely to keep them on the same wage when tax relief on profit-related pay is phased out in two years’ time. Many City law firms have been running profit-related pay schemes as a tax break for their staff, rather than as […]

Judicial review/police bill. Police Bill bugs lawyers and journalists

The Police Bill is currently before Parliament. Part III proposes to empower chief officers of police and customs to authorise entry to or interfere with property or wireless telegraphy for the purpose of preventing or detecting “serious crime”. We were asked by civil liberties watchdog Liberty to advise it on the legal and constitutional implications […]

Experts not partisans

I don’t want to overreact to what may have been intended as a humorous article by Charlotte Cochrane in the supplement on Expert Witnesses (The Lawyer 19 November), but I have to say our experience of acting as expert witnesses for the prosecution or defence in criminal cases and for plaintiffs and defendants in civil […]

Clyde & Co strengthens Brazilian links

International law firm Clyde & Co has formed official links with Rio de Janeiro firm Prates & Carneiro to coincide with the return of its partner in Venezuela to the London office. Stirling Leech has been based in Brazil and Venezuela since 1990 and will continue to be responsible for the firm’s South and Central […]

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Linklaters & Paines acted for JP Morgan Securities and SBC Warburg in arranging a $1bn Russian sovereign international bond issue. Cleary Gottleib Steen & Hamilton acted for the Russian Federation.

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