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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 […]

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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Boon for Clearys in biggest ever deal by HSBC

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is the main legal victor in HSBC’s billion-pound purchase of the Safra empire. Clearys’ New York and London offices are HSBC’s main lawyers in the $10.3bn buyout of US banks Republic New York Corporation and its sister company Safra Republic Holdings. The deal is HSBC’s largest ever and will prove […]

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Morton Fraser Partnership partner Donald Reid has joined environmental law consultants EnAct International. EnAct managing director Cormac Cullinan says Reid’s move from the Edinburgh firm is the latest in a series of departures – including Stephen Tromans from Simmons & Simmons and Andrew Bryce from Cameron McKenna.

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Pornography. Porn King Larry Flynt (above) is coming to a court near you. The US supremo of free speech, is being tried along with his brother on obscenity charges which could mean spending 24 years in prison. However, the real-life star of Hollywood film The People v Larry Flynt contends that attitudes have changed and […]

Norton Rose backs Cambridge dons

City firm Norton Rose has announced it will sponsor degree courses at Cambridge University – just weeks after a law don expressed fears of too much commercial influence in academia. Norton Rose will donate u25,000 per year towards paying for five new lecturers covering European, company, commercial, comparative and labour law for degree courses. University […]

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