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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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Life in the slow lane

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Lawyers from BLG, Latham and MoFo launch fixed-fee tech boutique

Five senior City lawyers have launched an outsourcing and technology boutique today, which pledges to axe the billable hour. Clerkenwell-based radiant.law has been formed by a team that includes Andrew Giverin, who last month became the latest in a string of partners to resign from BLG (1 December 2010). Giverin, and the other shareholders in […]

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Chip building: Richard Devereux, Intel Corporation

Intel European head of labour law Richard Devereux’s formidable remit covers overseeing counsel and employees in 37 countries, meaning an ability to adapt has been crucial to his role. When Richard Devereux, Intel Corporation European labour law counsel, qualified as a lawyer in Ireland 20 years ago he was told by a law professor he […]

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Dewey makes up four, one in London

Dewey & LeBoeuf has made up four lawyers in this year’s round of promotions, one of whom is based in London. The roles will be effective as of 1 January 2011 and cover corporate, M&A, litigation and project finance. Chairman Steve Davis said: “On behalf of the firm, I would like to congratulate each of […]

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Hewitsons

Regional firm Hewitsons’ main practice areas are corporate, property and private client. For a regional firm, such a focus might look like a recipe for financial disaster, given the economic climate. But a diverse range of clients and a buoyant real estate market in Cambridge have helped provide the firm with a solid pipeline of […]

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