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Video: How to health check the anatomy of your legal matters

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 […]

Updates on proportionality of costs in court proceedings

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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US IP market hots up as law firms fight for talent

Growing demand for patent litigation expertise has led to a goldrush for lawyers in the US. More than 10 high-profile IP partners have moved firms in the last six weeks, often moving from national firms to international full-service firms. Howrey’s Chicago office has scooped all of Motorola’s US patent work with the hire of electronics […]

Freshfields set for December tribunal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s tribunal woes will stretch out until the end of 2007. The second discrimination claim this year against Freshfields will be heard publicly at the London Central Employment Tribunal on 14 December. The magic circle firm’s former corporate partner Lois Moore, who is now at Shearman & Sterling, is bringing the suit against […]

HSBC enters talent war for UAE finance lawyers

HSBC is set to join the highly competitive market for talent in the Middle East by embarking on a recruitment drive to boost its legal team in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in response to the buoyant financial markets in the region. The bank, which has its legal function for the UAE headquartered in Dubai, […]

Tube Lines starts search to replace departed GC

Underground maintenance company Tube Lines is on the hunt for a new general counsel after previous legal head Nicola Geoghegan moved back to Australia. Geoghegan’s move comes as Tube Lines is expected to enter the bidding for a PPP contract originally taken on by rival maintenance company Metronet, which went into administration this month. The […]

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