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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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IBM hires new general counsel

IBM Australia and New Zealand has recruited a new general counsel from Geac Computers. Vincent Pollaers joins the computer giant at the end of this month. Former incumbent Ayomi Burge will become general counsel for Asia Pacific. Pollaers, a UK and Australian-qualified lawyer who initially trained at Freshfields, qualifying in 1995, has been with Geac, […]

Blow away

It was a huge accolade, but for Herbert Smith partner Stephen Gale there was a sting in the tail. When he was nominated to be the president of the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency (SPI), it must have seemed as if he had reached a pinnacle. The SPI, the professional association of insolvency specialists comprising […]

Mayhew hire sparks FSA overhaul

The Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) legal provision is to be overhauled following the appointment of Clifford Chance partner David Mayhew as leading advocate. Long-serving litigation partner Mayhew, who is also a solicitor advocate, will join the FSA in May. He is one of three senior counsel who will head the FSA’s internal legal provision. He […]

Fried Frank takes on Covingtons chair to head antitrust practice

New York firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson is taking on the chair of Covington & Burling‘s antitrust practice for its Washington DC office. Charles Rule will head Fried Frank’s antitrust practice and develop it to capitalise on the firm’s already strong corporate, securities and white collar crime groups. Rule has been a partner […]

Brobeck partner leaves for venture capital firm

San Francisco giant Brobeck Phleger & Harrison is losing one of its top Silicon Valley rainmakers to a venture capital firm. Therese Mrozek has been the firm’s relationship partner for Cisco Systems since 1995 and has worked closely with the group through a mass of mergers and acquisitions. She is leaving to join the San […]

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