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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, […]

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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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You report that we have gone out of our way to support the Government’s legal aid reforms (“Two leading legal aid firms back Govt”, The Lawyer, 7 April). We concluded that legal aid needed an overhaul before Lord Irvine took office. It was an opinion informed by practice in medical negligence, personal injury and product […]

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A HIRING spree has seen Lovell White Durrant take on five partners from five separate firms – one of whom will head a new office in Singapore. Clifford Chance, Holman Fenwick & Willan, Stephenson Harwood and Masons have all lost partners to the firm. As well as taking on corporate and finance partner Paul Supramaniam […]

Litigation Writs 5/5/98

Donald Applegate has issued a writ against Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Occidental Peruana, Occidental International Exploration and Production Company, Occidental Petroleum Corporation of Peru, Petrex and Saipem. The writ alleges that he was injured while working at the Carbot Rig Site in Peru on 8 August 1992 and that his injuries were caused by negligence on […]

Sheffield firm engulfs Leeds insolvency practice

SHEFFIELD firm Keeble Hawson swallowed up Leeds-based six-partner firm RC Moorhouse & Co last week to create the tenth largest firm in Yorkshire. The new firm, Keeble Hawson Moorhouse, has 22 partners and 55 other fee earners. Spokesman Jonathan Armstrong said: “We have made no secret of the fact that we wanted to expand into […]

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