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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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Shearman loses Latin America partner to Linklaters

Linklaters” />Alberto Luzárraga, a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s Latin America practice has quit the firm for Linklaters. Shearman senior partner Rohan Weerasinghe announced Luzárraga’s departure last night (Wednesday 29 October). He is expected to start work at Linklaters on Monday (3 November), where he will join New York corporate and capital markets partner Ray […]

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Ex-Dell legal director strikes out on her own

The former legal director of Dell, Belinda Eriksson, has launched an employment boutique. Eriksson has teamed up with former Norton Rose and Baker & McKenzie lawyer Jennifer Ison to set up SW19Lawyers. Eriksson worked at Dell for 11 years and was responsible for a range of legal affairs, including supporting the HR function on all […]

Legal Services Commission cuts 600 jobs

The Legal Services Commission (LSC), which runs the legal aid scheme, is to axe 600 jobs over the next three years. The commission said the job cuts, which will see LSC’s headcount reduce from 1,700 to 1,100 by 2011, is part of its bid to reshape its business support directorate. As part of the initiative, […]

Howard Kennedy merges with DMA

Howard Kennedy has completed its second merger in as many months, despite making 46 redundancies earlier in the year. The firm has merged with London boutique DMA Legal after joining forces with personal injury boutique Douglas-Mann & Co at the start of September (The Lawyer, 1 September). In June, Howard Kennedy’s three-partner media practice left […]

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Speechly Bircham helps GO3 sign David Beckham

Speechly Bircham has advised food maker GO3 on the launch of a healthy ­eating food range endorsed by David Beckham. The firm advised on the development ;of ;the ­company, which is linked to frozen food maker Findus and financially ­supported by a Norwegian family. The team was led by client partner Ian Timlin, who oversaw […]

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