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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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Siemens scoops new GC from GE Healthcare

Siemens has snared GE Healthcare general counsel Peter Solmssen to take up the position of general counsel, which for the first time will have a seat on the management team and on the board. The German technology outfit has also appointed Andreas Pohlmann as its new chief compliance officer, with both lawyers scheduled to start […]

Herbies bolsters Bangkok for corporate refocus

Herbert Smith has signalled its renewed confidence in Thailand with the appointment of Rashane Leerabandu as head of corporate and commercial in Bangkok. The firm scaled down its Thai offering to focus on dispute resolution and construction following a scandal in 1997 that led to head of regional arbitration Henry Uscinski being imprisoned for five […]

LeBoeuf partner returns to in-house roots with ITV job

ITV has appointed LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae corporate partner Andrew Garard as its legal director to replace the outgoing Kyla Mullins. Garard, who has spent most of his career in-house, leaves LeBoeuf after just one year in private practice, as first reported on www.thelawyer.com (20 September). Garard told The Lawyer: “I’ve enjoyed private practice, […]

South spark: international arbitration in Latin America

Latin America has finally realised that it needs to start trusting international arbitration. By Ignacio Suarez Anzorena and Christian Leathley For historical reasons, Latin American countries used to distrust international arbitration. The reason for such distrust was the perception that many international arbitrations and claims commissions established in the late 19th and early 20th centuries […]

Atkin Chambers loses silk to High Court

Atkin Chambers has raided 4 Pump Court for top silk David Sears QC in the week it saw its first barrister, Robert Akenhead QC, join the High Court bench. Sears, who took silk in 2003, made the move as he wanted to grow his construction and professional negligence practice and felt that Atkin was a […]

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