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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, […]

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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Bredin Prat taps Freshfields for employment hire

French firm Bredin Prat has made a rare lateral hire, luring the head of the employment department at the Paris office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Pascale Lagesse has led the French employment practice at Freshfields since 2000, and her hire is part of the launch of an employment group at Bredin Prat, the French best […]

Links revamps Middle East management

Linklaters has overhauled its Middle East leadership team bringing in Milan co-managing partner Sarosh Mewawalla as Dubai managing partner and finance practice head. Mewawalla’s appointment, which comes into force from September, comes after incumbent Dubai managing partner Ewan Cameron was promoted to regional senior partner. Cameron will also become co-head of global M&A, alongside seven […]

No Longer Lost At Sea

Graham Kershaw looks at the implications for traders and carriers of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods wholly and partly by Sea. If all goes to plan, the snappily titled Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea will be presented to the UN […]

Lovells promotes 82 to senior associate

Lovells has promoted 82 lawyers to senior associate position, with the bulk of promotions being made outside the UK. Forty-seven of the promotions were made in continental Europe, 24 in the UK, six in Asia and the Middle East, and five in the US The promotions follow the firm having made up 46 lawyers to […]

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