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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 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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CWC in treble debt recovery win

South West firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke (CWC) has scooped three new contracts for debt recovery work. NatWest Bank, RAC and Mobil Gas Marketing UK, part of the Exxon group, have each appointed the firm to carry out their debt recovery work. Based at Bridgwater in Somerset, CWC’s debt recovery unit has doubled in size […]

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Dorsey & Whitney is not the first US firm to recruit UK intellectual property (IP) lawyers. Last April, Brobeck Hale and Dorr became the first US firm in the UK to venture outside London when it poached three partners from Morgan Cole to set up an office in Oxford. Then in May, Hammond Suddards (now […]

Clyde & Co consultant quits for A&O Thailand

Allen & Overy (A&O) is boosting its corporate capability in Thailand by hiring Clyde & Co senior consultant Tim Dobson. Dobson has worked in Asia for more than 20 years and specialises predominantly in cross-border M&A, although he also handles finance work. Thailand is renowned for its restructuring work, particularly in the wake of the […]

Brief encounter: Hausmann & associÉs

Last month, French firm Hausmann & Associés announced that it was merging with UK national firm Hammond Suddards Edge. Senior partner Christian Hausmann has finally found a firm that fits. Hausmanns was set up on 1 July 1995 and its name partner has been instrumental in establishing its reputation. Hausmann, who is German, has a […]

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