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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

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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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SC selection dispute

The New South Wales state government in Australia has accused the local Bar of breaching the state’s trade practices law in its selection of Senior Counsel, the equivalent of QC in the UK. Senior Counsel are currently chosen annually behind closed doors by five prominent barristers, but the state’s attorney general says that the selection […]

Debevoise opens in Moscow

US firm Debevoise & Plimpton has set up an office in Moscow, its second outpost in eastern Europe after Budapest. The office will be headed by Roswell Perkins, who will transfer from the New York office along with associate Kenneth Schneider. Another US lawyer Jonathan Hines will split his time between Moscow and New York. […]

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The West Bromwich Building Society stands accused of offering a mortgage scheme which targets the vulnerable, reports Roger Pearson > The Investors Compensation Scheme (ICS) is taking the West Bromwich Building Society to the High Court this week, accusing it of marketing a mortgage scheme which targeted the “elderly and vulnerable”. At a preliminary one-day […]

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