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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 […]

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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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BLP grows private equity with Osborne Clarke hire

Osborne Clarke has suffered another blow in London with the loss of private equity partner Geraint Lloyd to Berwin Leighton Paisner.Lloyd counts among his clients the Close Brothers Group, for whom he works across several divisions on private equity-backed M&A transactions, development and venture capital and real estate funds, and Matrix Securities.Commenting on the recruitment, […]

Bevan Ashford launches bank group

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Fathers’ rights group occupies Family Court

Hundreds of angry fathers dressed in black and brandishing purple flags have staged a demonstration at the High Court in London as part of a Fathers’ Day protest against their treatment at the hands of Family Division judges. Between 60 and 70 men made it past security guards on Friday (13 June) to occupy the […]

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