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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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SEC targets Broadcom GC as stock option probe widens

Broadcom Corporation’s general counsel David Dull has come under the spotlight of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) for allegedly backdating the chipmaker’s stock options. On Tuesday Dull was sent a Wells Notice, which gives companies and individuals an opportunity to respond if the SEC decides to pursue a lawsuit. The SEC had sent notices to […]

Bakers gets ahead of itself

Baker & McKenzie‘s global revenue hit $1.829bn (£910m) in the 2007 financial year following a rise of 20 per cent (see story). It’s pretty impressive stuff, particularly as it means the firm has already reached the figure it had targeted for 2008. That’s great news for the firm on the one hand, but on the […]

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The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer.com. •The tip of the GreenbergFrustrations […]

Vinson & Elkins boosts bankruptcy practice

Vinson & Elkins’ New York office has taken on five-lawyer boutique Cronin & Vris in the latest bankruptcy hire by a major US law firm. Cronin & Vris was founded by two former partners of Manhattan stalwart Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, both of whom will be joining Vinson: Dennis Cronin will become Vinson’s co-head […]

Cambridge Press pulps books after Kendall win

Cambridge University Press has pulped all unsold copies of its 2006 book Alms for Jihad after Kendall Freeman won a High Court libel action against the publisher. The publisher will also ask 200 libraries to remove the book from their shelves. It is only the fourth time that this method of settlement has been used […]

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