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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Paisners hires Ladbrokes legal chief

Paisner & Co has hired Ladbrokes’ Betting and Gaming Worldwide head of legal and two partners from Ernst & Young and Greenwoods. Hilary Stewart-Jones leaves her post as Betting and Gaming Worldwide’s head of legal and legal director to join Paisners’ computer, media and intellectual property team (CMIP) as a partner. The Hilton Group member […]

A VIEW FROM AMSTERDAM

There is no doubt that the hottest topic of conversation in Amsterdam at the moment among the major commercial Dutch firms is the turmoil being caused by UK law firms. Their entry into the market has caused the splits of the largest firms here, with Loeff Claeys Verbeke going in part to Allen & Overy […]

Kennedys scores UK first with New Zealand launch

City firm Kennedys is believed to have become the first UK firm to open an office in New Zealand. Following the opening of its Hong Kong office in February, the firm is expanding its international presence with the new office, based in Auckland’s financial and commercial centre. The main focus of the Auckland office will […]

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