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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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Dragon’s ken: Rhodri Lewis, Welsh Rugby Union

Welsh Rugby Union legal head Rhodri Lewis is hard at work getting the union’s legal function up to scratch – and loving every minute of it. People often claim to be in their dream job, but if you are a rugby-mad Welsh lawyer then you might want to look away now. Your dream job has […]

Another day, another Orrick merger proposal

Seemingly unabashed by a string of doomed romances, serial seducer Ralph Baxter is back. As reported on the TheLawyer.com today, the Orrick chairman is locked in talks about a potential tie-up with US firm Akin Gump (see story). If successful the combined firm would have more than 1,800 lawyers and a turnover of around $1.8bn. […]

Relationship breakdown

“All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Tolstoy could have had law firms in mind. While happy outfits show like-mindedness in areas such as outsourcing and transatlantic mergers, the legal profession’s most dysfunctional (former) member is continuing to show itself to be unlike any other. The […]

Maclay partner takes up GC role at Wood Group

Maclay Murray & Spens corporate partner Robbie Brown has left the firm to take up an in-house role at global energy business Wood Group. Brown, who was based in Maclay’s Edinburgh office, has relocated to Aberdeen to take up the group head of legal and company ­secretary position. He replaces Ian Johnson, who has left the company. Brown trained with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer […]

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