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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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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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Macfarlanes (Nicola Richards, Simon Perry, John Skelton, Luke Morris) advised majority shareholders Cinven and Royal Bank Private Equity on the merger of brick manufacturers Chelwood Group and Ambion Brick Company. At the same time, the existing debt was refinanced by a £50m syndication loan led by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Barclays Bank. […]

ABA opens billable hours investigation

The American Bar Association (ABA) has launched an investigation into billable hours The investigation stems from concerns that the pressures of meeting billing targets are affecting the well-being of lawyers. Reports have suggested that pro bono participation is down because lawyers in large firms have little time for voluntary work. As salaries rise, so do […]

Eversheds bio head to launch Olswang group

Olswang is bringing in Eversheds equity partner and London head of biosciences Michael Burdon to set up a new full-service biosciences group Burdon set up Eversheds’ biosciences group in London, and was approached by Olswang to launch a similar practice. The move will take Olswang beyond its media and communications core.Burdon’s biosciences group will work […]

Cobbetts sends top guns to Read Hind

Manchester firm Cobbetts has sent a team of partners and senior solicitors over to its merger partner Read Hind Stewart in Leeds The team of six will be there for up to two years to oversee the firms’ integration. Managing partner Michael Shaw will spend half his week in Leeds and construction partner Peter Taylor […]

Appeal Court blasts employment tribunal

An employment tribunal (ET) accused by a lay representative of being racist has had its wrists slapped by the Court of Appeal After Errol Harry, a regular representative in the ET, accused the panel of racism, the tribunal decided to recuse (refuse to hear) the case, labelling the accusations as “scandalous”. But last week the […]

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