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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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DLA Piper lands marine specialist

DLA Piper has moved to bolster its litigation and arbitration group’s shipping team, recruiting marine insurance specialist David McKie from niche insurance practice Elborne Mitchell. McKie, who starts today (5 March), coincides his arrival with the launch of DLA Piper’s Europe, Middle East and Africa shipping and offshore group to better target clients in the […]

Tribunal slams Equitable Life trio

The Equitable Life saga continued last week (2 March) with a stunning disciplinary sentence for three former executives. A former director for the insurance group was expelled from The Institute of Actuaries while two other senior figures were reprimanded after a tribunal found them in breach of its rules. Former director Alan Nash and chief […]

New York trio scoops world’s largest LBO

A New York triumvirate of Cravath Swaine & Moore, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Sullivan & Cromwell has landed work on what is set to be the world’s largest private equity deal. Simpson Thacher, assisted by Texan-headquartered Vinson & Elkins, is advising Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) and Texas Pacific Group (TPG) on their $44.5bn (£22.67bn) […]

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