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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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Jeff Gordon in shock departure from Marconi

Marconi Corporation global general counsel Jeff Gordon has left the company The official line on Gordon’s departure is that he left on Friday (8 March) by mutual agreement and that the move comes as a result of internal firmwide cost-cutting exercises. His position in the UK as worldwide head of legal will not be filled. […]

Islamic funding gets English court assent

A landmark judgment by an English court upheld a central principle of ancient Islamic funding after a unique challenge was made against it. The significance of the case is heightened as Islamic financing is becoming an increasing feature of large-scale deals in the Middle East, carried out alongside Western banks.Also, business finance company Datamonitor reported […]

CC Pünder partners vie for German leadership

Clifford Chance Pünder partners Peter Nägele and Hans-Josef Schneider are going head-to-head in a battle to become Germany’s next managing partner Real estate lawyer and Europe managing partner Nägele will take on the current joint Germany managing partner and finance lawyer Schneider.Co-managing partner of Germany Michael Weller is not standing as he is returning to […]

Simmons in merger talks with Watson Farley

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