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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?

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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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Hale and Dorr, which reported turnover of $297m (£185.2m) in 2001, has launched an astonishing lawsuit against a former secretary, demanding the repayment of £750. The Lawyer can reveal that the Oxford office of the firm, formerly known as Brobeck Hale and Dorr, has served papers on a former employee after she was mistakenly overpaid. […]

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The path to Bristol is a path well trodden for London lawyers. It attracts more legal refugees from the City than other regional legal centres such as Birmingham, Leeds or Manchester, despite its smaller size. All the larger firms have gaggles of ex-London lawyers who have swapped the gold-paved streets of EC1 for the tree-lined […]

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