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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, […]

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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Clayton Utz ends Hong Kong association to focus on Australia

Australian firm Clayton Utz and its Hong Kong association firm Haley & Co have broken off their relationship, with the former retrenching to focus on its domestic market. The association will formally end on 30 June 2014, four years after the two entered into a formal association. Clayton Utz chief executive partner Darryl McDonough said the […]

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The sale of the ‘good’ assets of crisis-torn Hypo bank is a welcome stimulant for local firms, but the lack of young blood in the profession is a persistent problem The Hypo Group Alpe-Adria bank in the southern Austrian state of Carinthia will mean next to nothing to all but those with the most detailed […]

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Sharing legal functions with a neighbouring authority – something 17 local councils have done so far – was a decent enough start. But it’s not enough. As budgets shrink further and privatisation of public sector services increase, local authority legal teams – including Lambeth, Buckinghamshire, Harrow and Cambridgeshire – are close to launching an ABS […]

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