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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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Freshfields stands down as appeal hearing pends

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is expected to be granted leave to appeal this afternoon (3 June) against the injunction brought against the firm yesterday by Marks & Spencer’s lawyers Slaughter and May. A hearing has been scheduled at 2.00pm today where the firm’s application to appeal will be heard. It is then expected Freshfields’ appeal will […]

Public providers

The past year has been an eventful time in the technology outsourcing sector. Alistair Maughan gives the lowdown These are busy times for those involved in outsourcing. In deal terms, we have seen the Inland Revenue’s successful conclusion of the largest ‘second generation’ outsourcing retender and the conclusion of a series of projects designed to […]

WongPartnership targets arbitration with key hire

Singapore’s WongPartnership is kick-starting its Chinese dispute resolution practice with the appointment of the former executive director of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. Ang Yong Tong will join the firm’s fledgling Shanghai office as a partner today (1 June) and will be responsible for setting up Wong Partnership’s Chinese dispute resolution practice. WongPartnership launched a […]

Arnold & Porter hikes London with DWS IP raid

The London office of Arnold & Porter has snatched Denton Wilde Sapte IP partner Clive Thorne as part of the firm’s effort to beef up its London practice. Thorne, a well-known IP litigator, is set to join Arnold & Porter as a partner on 1 September. He has extensive experience in the UK and Asia […]

Minority Report’ plans more diversity for DCA

The Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) this week published a ‘Minority Report’ into its diversity strategy. The report recommends a number of measures to increase diversity within the department and the legal profession, including the appointment of a head of corporate diversity. Among other tasks, the holder of this post will raise the level of […]

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