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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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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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Insurance lawyers are attending an international reinsurance conference in Monte Carlo from Sunday until Thursday, called Le Rendez-Vous de Septembre and run by a commercial organisation of the same name. It is described by one insurance lawyer as “the yearly bunfight of insurers, insurance hangers-on and acolytes”.

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“Their application to the court looks like a script for Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” – Elan Steiberg of the World Jewish Congress on the news that some lawyers were charging up to £437 an hour for work on the class-action suit brought by victims of the Holocaust against Swiss Banks. One lawyer reportedly […]

Masons adds to IT department

London firm Jeffrey Green Russell (JGR) is losing a corporate and commercial information technology partner to Masons. Jon Fell joins Masons’ IT department this week, with the aim of improving the group’s e-commerce focus. Masons’ IT partner Clive Seddon says: “IT is very much a focus of this firm and he did not feel it […]

Sydney firms get chance to float on stock market

The Australian legal market is facing a radical over-haul that will allow firms to abolish traditional partnership structures and float on the stock market. The New South Wales Law Society, which regulates Sydney firms, is expected to introduce new rules this week. They will allow firms to incorporate share profits with other professionals and raise […]

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