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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 […]

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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Is the one-size-fits-all approach to disputes the right one?

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Commercial & Chancery: Insider dealings

Although traditionally resistant to change, the bar needs to understand the benefits of the in-house advocate, says Tom Keith It is difficult to understand why the concept of an in-house advocacy service is so new and why it is not offered by more firms. Part of the explanation is that only the largest firms have […]

CC names São Paulo head after Mayer Brown swoop

Clifford Chance has named corporate finance partner Anthony Oldfield as head of its São Paulo office following the departure of office head Stephen Hood. As revealed on www.thelawyer.com yesterday (5 September), capital markets partner Hood left the magic circle firm after 29 years to open an office for Mayer Brown in the Brazilian city. Hood […]

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