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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, […]

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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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Heath Lambert’s head of legal William Bloomer has already presided over a raft of changes at the insurance broker, but with a merger looming his skills are going to be more invaluable than ever. By Joanne Harris The insurance industry is in the middle of consolidation, and the next acquisition could well be that of […]

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Last Wednesday (24 May) saw the biggest shake-up of the UK legal market for decades move a step closer. And the legislative process is moving unusually quickly: Lord Falconer commented that it was “just seven months” since the publication of the ‘Future of Legal Services’ white paper. Now the joint committee of the Houses of […]

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The London affiliate office of US firm Katten Muchin Rosenman has launched a real estate finance practice with the hire of two lawyers from Sidley Austin. English law-qualified lawyers Jayne Black and Eleanor Hunwicks joined the London office on 2 May. Black, who joined as a partner, is hoping to capitalise on advising the servicers of […]

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