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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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WilmerHale hires Kingsley Napley’s Pollard for white-collar push

US firm WilmerHale has bolstered its London investigations and criminal litigation practice with the hire of Kingsley Napley big-hitter Stephen Pollard. Pollard joined Kingsley Napley in 1989 before being made partner in 1990. In his 22-year stint at the firm he worked on a number of high-profile cases, including advising former Barings trader Nick Leeson […]

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A&O posts 11 per cent revenue hike at half-way point

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) turnover is up 11 per cent at the half-year stage, with the firm raking in £582m compared with £526m at the mid-way point of 2010-11. According to the firm, its practices in Australia, France, Germany, Indonesia and Washington DC put in strong performances. “The results were slightly better than we expected,” […]

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Ex-Ashurst real estate chief set to retire from firm

One of Ashurst’s most senior real estate lawyers, Adrian Dear, is set to retire at the end of the 2011-12 financial year. Dear made partner at the firm in 1990 and was head of the real estate department for four years until April 2011. He handed in his notice 18 months ago and is expected […]

Australia’s AAR follows Rio Tinto into Mongolia

Australian firm Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) has opened a representative office in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar. AAR has reported intensified levels of work in the country’s burgeoning resources industry. The firm is currently advising a range of international companies in the region, including long-standing client Rio Tinto, whose joint venture Mongolian Oyu Tolgoi project is […]

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Middle class twit, er, tweet

Why tweet? I suspect this is something many lawyers have asked themselves, once, before going on to do something decidedly more interesting with their lives. Or maybe, as US movie star Ashton Kutcher has apparently just done having said something infra dig on his Twitter feed, they have instead outsourced it all to a PR […]

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