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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, […]

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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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Marriott Harrison lawyer Andrew Astachowicz may be a hotshot property practitioner, but the home where his heart is resides in San Salvador There is a small but growing band of Arsenal FC supporters living in a San Salvador children’s home that have Andrew Astachowicz to thank for their devotion to the North London football club. […]

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At most such conferences, competition between law firms is at its most fierce when it comes to party time, and the IBA was certainly no different. On the Tuesday night, for example, a whole host of leading firms went head-to-head – Allen & Overy (A&O), Norton Rose, D&P (DLA & Partners), SJ Berwin and CMS […]

Allen & Overy in Greek securitisation hat trick

Allen & Overy (A&O) advised the Hellenic Republic on its third securitisation of receivables in Greece.The deal involved s2bn (£1.37bn) of receivables from lottery tickets.The firm was approached by the banks in the summer and was also brought in to advise the Republic. Fresh-fields Bruckhaus Deringer was brought in at execution stage to advise the […]

Goodbodys on financial project for Irish govt

Dublin firm A&L Good-body has won a mandate from the Irish government to create a single regulatory authority for financial services. The firm was one of four invited to tender for the project. The Ministry of Finance said it was chosen on the basis of cost and “the level and depth of experience and comprehensiveness […]

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