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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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Employment challenges in the era of sequestration

Job losses. Furloughs. Salary reductions. These are some of the tough employment issues facing contractors around the nation as sequestration and federal budget cuts have taken effect in 2013. The squeeze on contract spending has taken a substantial toll on government contractors, who have seen contracts and orders delayed, descoped, deferred and terminated. When faced […]

Antitrust Division ends year with highest level of criminal fines ever in 122-year history of Sherman Antitrust Act

The Antitrust Division obtained more than $1.13bn in criminal fines in fiscal year 2012 (October 2011–September 2012), the highest in the 122-year history of the Sherman Antitrust Act. More impressive, this year’s fine total does not include the additional $218m the Antitrust Division secured for state and federal agencies in alternative penalties, disgorgement and restitution, […]

Review of European waste management targets

The European Commission has launched a much-anticipated consultation on the future of Europe’s legally binding waste and recycling targets. The comprehensive consultation, which opened on 4 June 2013, is the first phase of the commission’s review of recycling targets. The second phase will consider the impact of the preferred options that emerge from phase one. […]

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Asian Moves: 25 June 2013

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region. China Beijing-based Han Kun Law Offices has hired Leanne Zheng as a partner in its litigation and arbitration practice team. Zheng joins from Jones Day’s Beijing office, where she practised for seven years as an associate. At the […]

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