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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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Seagram

Ian FitzSimons is the first legal eagle to reside in The Ark – the extraordinary building that houses Seagram’s UK headquarters in Hammersmith, west London. Seagram’s business is split into two parts – spirits and wine, and entertainment. FitzSimons works solely for the European and African arm of Seagram Spirits and Wine Group (or Swig […]

A View from Germany

Ambition and aggression are not qualities normally associated with German lawyers, at least not until recently. The regions were full of lawyers happy to go home at 5.15pm (probably a couple of hours after their secretaries). And while this was a sign of just how protected the German market was, the manner in which this […]

CCR&W boosts litigation team with four partners

Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells has recruited four new litigation partners in New York as it loses its highly-regarded litigator Mark Pomerantz. The new partners are Joseph Cyr, Peter Chaffetz, Steven Schwartz and David Lindsey. Cyr is a big case litigator who represents corporate and financial institutions. He joins from the New York office of […]

Candian ADR group opens up in London

A Canada-based alternative dispute resolution group, ADR Chambers, is setting up in London, and putting some of the country’s best-known former judges back in work. ADR Chambers will be the first mediation outfit to offer a private final appeal procedure when it opens for business later this month. Its core panel of mediators is comprised […]

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