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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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Clifford Chance in merger talks with Spanish partners

Clifford Chance is in talks with Ramon Mullerat, the name partner of Spanish firm Mullerat & Roca, plus at least two other partners and a team of assistants from its Barcelona office, following the firm’s demerger. Clifford Chance saw its opportunity when high-profile Mullerat and fellow name partner Sebastian Roca decided to split the firm […]

African lawyers finally win a voice at IBA

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Keeping up with US office politics

Richard Tyler talks to a leading US employment lawyer who warns that UK firms must toe the American legal line If the philandering US president, Bill clinton, had been running a company rather than a country, he would have been thrown out long ago, according to Philip Berkowitz, employment litigation partner at US firm Epstein […]

Wilde Sapte's Paris knock

The two remaining partners and six assistants in Wilde Sapte’s Paris office are understood to be joining the 45-lawyer Paris office of US firm Wilkie Farr & Gallagher. Richard Macklin and Olivier Tordjman had spent several months deciding whether to stay at the firm or follow asset finance partner Thomas McDonald’s lead and join up […]

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