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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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Links creates first head of Asia competition group

Linklaters has shaken-up its competition and antitrust practice, moving partner Erik Söderlind from Sweden to Hong Kong to become the firm’s first head of competition and anti-trust for Asia. Söderlind will be based in the magic circle firm’s Hong Kong office from 15 September, tasked with helping to implement Linklaters’ strategy once China’s anti-monopoly law […]

Dickinson Dees becomes latest downturn victim with 70 redundancies planned

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Alston & Bird lands IndyMac role

Atlanta-based Alston & Bird is advising on issues surrounding collapsed US bank IndyMac. The California bank is a longstanding client of Alston. Washington DC partner Dwight Smith is leading Alston’s team on a number of issues relating to the bank’s collapse, including the transfer of its assets to the government. Alston is also continuing to […]

Correction

In last week’s issue of The Lawyer (14 July), a feature entitled ‘Closing time’ stated incorrectly that Candu Entertainment is, or was, the operator of the Po Na Na family of bars. As a spokesman for Eclectic Bars pointed out: “Po Na Na and its associated bar brands Bondi, Embargo, Sakura and Fez are all […]

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