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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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Nicholson Graham & Jones and Herbert Smith have settled a dispute over coverage of the Ryder Cup. Nicholson Graham & Jones acted for the PGA European Tour and Ryder Cup Ltd and Herbert Smith for BSkyB. The PGA felt caught between BSkyB and competitor ONdigital, thinking BSkyB wanted to deny the tournament to ONdigital’s subscribers […]

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Lovells' new firm shaped on original

The firm created out of Lovell White Durrant and Boesebeck Droste’s merger will adopt the UK firm’s existing management structure, The Lawyer can reveal. Senior partner Andrew Walker says: “The management structure [we are adopting] already exists in broad terms in Lovell White Durrant. Boesebeck Droste had a three-man committee and that was all they […]

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