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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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For our tenth wedding anniversary the Lawyer whisked me off (sans enfants) to Paris for a long weekend. I suppose it shows how we have gone up in the world – we had our honeymoon in Dorset and we got there in his Nova, the chariot of the newly-qualified solicitor. On the other hand, we […]

Invensys

In the year since Invensys was created from the merger between Siebe and BTR, the company’s legal structure has undergone many changes. Siebe general counsel James Bays took over as head of the newly-merged legal operation and cut the 40-strong legal team to 32. He also installed a general counsel in each of the company’s […]

Freehills patents arm merges

The intellectual property arm of leading Australian firm Freehill Hollingdale & Page is to merge with niche practice Carter Smith & Beadle. Freehill Patent Attorneys (FPA) will join forces with Carter Smith at the beginning of May to form Freehills Carter Smith Beadle. The new firm will have 27 partners out of a total 87 […]

Bank set for first ever panel review

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