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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, […]

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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Partnerships: Age-old questions

The need to effectively manage the workforce is the most common justification given by firms for having a fixed retirement age. But, argues Peter McMaster, it is far from being watertight under current legislation. It has been unlawful to practice age discrimination against your partners since the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations came into effect in […]

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Clifford Chance‘s announcement yesterday that it was making 20 lawyers redundant in New York and Washington DC is not the first time lawyers in the US have faced the chop this year (see story). It’s not even the first time that Clifford Chance lawyers have been made redundant; the firm laid off six structured finance […]

SRA and Law Society face off over review

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has accused the Law Society of overstepping its remit by launching a review of the regulation of the profession. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has accused the Law Society of overstepping its remit by launching a potentially dramatic review of the regulation of the legal profession. The Law Society publicly announced […]

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