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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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New York firm Kramer Levin announces layoffs

New York firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel has become the latest US firm to announce it is making layoffs. In an email sent to the firm this afternoon and first published on US legal blog Abovethelaw.com, managing partner Paul Pearlman confirmed that Kramer Levin would be making 18 lawyers and 21 support staff redundant. […]

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Dickinson Dees launches third redundancy round

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Professional Negligence Special Report: The ex factor

A recent case provides useful guidance on when a law firm can and cannot act for a former client. Richard Harrison reports. The issues that a law firm needs to consider if it wants to act against a former client were clarified in the recent case of Winters v Mischon de Reya (2008). Mishcon de […]

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