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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, […]

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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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Osborne Clarke loss prompts focus shift

Osborne Clarke is set to refocus its media finance team following the departure of film finance partner Phil Alberstat. The Canadian lawyer is leaving the firm in December to join the William Morris talent agency in Los Angeles as a film agent. Osborne Clarke will be left without a specialist film finance partner following Alberstat’s […]

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Croatia’s EU hopes ride on judicial reform

Judicial reform is the number one priority for Croatia’s bid to improve its civil, government and business systems to prepare for EU membership, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has said in its 2004 Transition Report. The EBRD has highlighted Croatia’s establishment of a Judicial Academy, in cooperation with the Law School of […]

Lex Mundi welcomes Belgian, Dutch members

Lex Mundi, the association for independent law firms, has admitted two new firms from Belgium and the Netherlands. Belgian law firm Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick and Dutch law firm Houthoff Buruma have joined following a vote of the board of directors at the association’s annual meeting in Auckland, New Zealand. The appointments bolster Lex Mundi’s […]

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