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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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Hackney Council hires law director

A former solicitor of Brighton & Hove City Council has joined Hackney Council as its director of law and probity. Claer Lloyd-Jones’s first task is to establish a panel of firms, including at least one national firm, and chambers. She hopes to make Hackney Council’s current outsourcing system more formal. “Work is outsourced in a […]

Trade act review causes concern

The Australian government's planned review of the Trade Practices Act could disappoint big business pundits by awarding even more power to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chairman Alan Fels.

LeBoeuf puts project heads together

New York firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae is setting up a project finance practice to be run jointly by its London head and a New York partner. UK managing partner Garry Pegg will become co-chief of the practice, taking responsibility for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. New York partner Joseph Tato will head […]

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There is no getting away from the fact that the world is heading into a cycle of economic downturn, forcing businesses in all corners of the globe to seek new sources of revenue. Yet, while UK and US law firms bit the bullet some years ago, opening what are now flourishing offices outside their own […]

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