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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Christie’s GC to create formal legal panel

Christie’s general counsel Nick Deeming has begun constructing the auction house’s first legal panel and has written to a number of firms inviting them to tender. Christie’s general counsel Nick Deeming has begun the process of constructing the auction house’s first legal panel and has written to a number of firms inviting them to tender. […]

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UK and US firms win Singapore licences

Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith, Latham & Watkins, Norton Rose, and White & Case win right to practise local law in SIngapore. The Singapore Government has awarded Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) licences to four UK firms and two US firms. Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith, Latham & Watkins, Norton Rose […]

Camerons makes £4m from slumping pound

CMS Cameron McKenna has made nearly £4m from the tumbling value of the pound over the last year and a half, The Lawyer can reveal. According to financial statements for 2007-08, the firm made £2.8m in foreign exchange gains thanks to revenue from its European offices. The increasing strength of the euro, and other Eastern […]

Lambeth council overhauls legal panel

The London Borough of Lambeth has begun a panel review to service its new-look legal function. Because the council has significantly increased the size of its legal team during the past year, from 40 to around 65 lawyers, the winning firms are likely to receive fewer instructions under the new contracts. A council spokesman said: […]

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