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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, […]

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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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ABB snares new legal head from EADS

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Bird & Bird raids Freshfields in Italy

Bird & Bird’s Italian offering has snared a star of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Italian employment team. Amedeo Rampolla joins Bird & Bird’s Milan office as a co-head of employment working alongside Caterina Rucci. His arrival brings the firm’s employment team up to seven. Rampolla previously headed up Freshfields’s employment team in Milan, which at its […]

Herbies, Linklaters land electricity deal

Infrastructure deals continued apace with the £1.62bn takeover of Northern Irish electricity supplier Viridian by Bahraini private equity firm Arcapita Bank, with Herbert Smith and Linklaters benefiting. Corporate partner Anthony Macaulay led a team at Herbert Smith for Viridian, which owns Northern Ireland Electricity. The FTSE250 company regularly instructs Herbert Smith and CMS Cameron McKenna. […]

PartyGaming reviews in-house team after US exit

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