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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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DJ Freeman foils property partner exit

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Burges Salmon top partner dies

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New York City Bar cautiously welcomes MDP profit scheme

The New York City Bar has given its qualified support formultidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs).The Bar’s decision follows an American Bar Association (ABA) commission’srecommendation that lawyers should be allowed to share their profits withother professionals in MDPs.The executive committee says the “core values” of lawyers should prevailin an MDP. Its strongest objection is to MDPs providing both […]

In brief: Goldsmith Buildings

Goldsmith Buildings senior clerk Edith Robertson is the new chair of the Legal Practice Managers’ Association, replacing Christine Kings,practice manager at Doughty Street Chambers. Chambers director at Wilberforce Chambers Suzanne Cosgrave becomes deputy-chair and secretary, and One Garden Court’s chief executive Nicholas Martin becomes treasurer.

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