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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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Toffoletto forges double employment merger

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Lovells shifts banking ace to Milan post

Lovells has moved partner Andrew Welbourn to Milan to head up its Italian banking and project finance practice Welbourn joined the firm a year ago from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and was previously at Allen & Overy. Welbourn has dealt with a wide spread of finance work, mostly Italian-based and particularly in the power […]

DLA hires shore up Edinburgh real estate

DLA’s Edinburgh office has bolstered its real estate team with the hire of three partners from Scottish firm Archibald Campbell & Harley. Drew Wallace, who will head the team, brings with him Sheila Irvine and Lisa Kerr. After the appointments, the Edinburgh real estate team will grow to 15 fee-earners, including eight partners.

Veale Wasbrough scoops place on the Treasury Solicitor's commercial panel

Bristol-based Veale Wasbrough has been appointed to the Treasury Solicitor’s new commercial panel, established to provide commercial advice to the Treasury Solicitor’s Department The firm will be advising on six of the nine work areas for which the panel has been appointed – PFI/ projects, employment and pensions, corporate and finance, IT, planning and competition. […]

FFW auditions European Legal Alliance hopefuls

Field Fisher Waterhouse is conducting the final stages of beauty parades to select an Italian and Spanish firm to join its exclusive network European Legal Alliance The Lawyer understands that Field Fisher will shortly begin negotiations with a preferred Spanish firm and will then proceed to finalise an agreement in Italy.The firm’s main criteria for […]

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