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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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Camerons names final board members

CMS Cameron McKenna has filled the final places on its new-look management board. Last week the firm revamped its ­management structure by setting up a single body to govern the firm rather than the previous management board and ­executive committee. The new board members confirmed this week include Central and Eastern Europe commercial group manager […]

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CMS reviews real estate jobs

CMS Cameron McKenna is drawing up plans to send lawyers in recession-hit practice groups to its offices in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). CMS reviews real estate jobs” />CMS Cameron McKenna is reviewing corporate jobs and drawing up plans to send lawyers in recession-hit practice groups to its offices in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). […]

Watt gives?

Almost a year on from the launch of the single electricity market, Ireland’s potential in the wind power sector means firms that have built up their energy practices are positioned to reap the rewards. With the anniversary of the introduction of the single electricity market (SEM) app­roaching, energy at the forefront of EU policymaking and […]

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UK firms line up for Icelandic bank roles

Denton Wilde Sapte, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have snared key roles as the UK arms of two Icelandic banks at the heart of the country’s financial crisis are put into administration by regulators. Kaupthing Singer & Friedland and Heritable Bank, a UK subsidiary of Iceland’s Landsbanki, have both gone into administration this […]

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