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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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US firm Buchanan Ingersoll has launched in London after luring key players from Beachcroft Wansbroughs’ highly-rated projects team. Head of projects Barry Francis is understood to be leaving to join the Pittsburgh-based firm along with six other partners and 10 assistants. Francis’ private finance initiative (PFI) practice is particularly strong in healthcare and is one […]

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Mega-merger casts doubt on Camerons' Danish alliance

Cameron McKenna’s European alliance has been thrown into confusion after a massive shake-up in the Danish legal market. Dragsted Schluter Helmer Nielsen has merged with Aros Advokater to form Dragsted Schluter Aros. The merger creates the largest law firm in Denmark with more than 160 lawyers, including 55 partners. Cameron McKenna’s al-liance was launched in […]

White & Case enlists trade official for Prague office

White & Case’s Prague office has hired a senior public official for the newly-created role of director of government and corporate relations. If the post proves a success, the US firm may look to introduce the model into its other offices. Jan Havelka joins White & Case from CzechInvest, an agency of the Czech ministry […]

Doughty Street wins Bar Pro Bono Award

Doughty Street Chambers has been awarded the 1999 Pro Bono Award at the Bar Council’s annual conference. Doughty Street has a track record of working on Privy Council death row cases. It has acted for families at inquests such as that into the death of Joy Gardner, advised the defendants in the McDonald’s libel case, […]

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