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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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KLegal raids Cap Gemini and IBM in communications drive

KPMG’s associated law firm KLegal is recruiting three top in-house lawyers to boost its IT and telecoms group. The new team members, who are coming from IBM, Cap Gemini and Telecom New Zealand, will bring the number in the group to seven. It is led by high profile telecoms partner Chris Hoyle, who joined the […]

Diligent marriages cause less heartache

The problems being faced by CMS Cameron McKenna as it pushes for full integration are symptomatic of many firms that want to merge with their European alliances. The problem, it would seem, is due diligence, or rather the lack of it. With the first European alliances there was no need to conduct a concentrated bout […]

Rogers & Wells London loses partner to Lathams

The London office of Rogers & Wells is losing a second partner to Latham & Watkins only five months after completing its merger with Clifford Chance. The five-partner office witnessed the departure of corporate partner Michael Immordino to Lathams in October last year. His colleague Olof Clausson now joins him from the merged firm. Immordino […]

Simmons off-loads charities practice

Simmons & Simmons is abandoning its highly-regarded charities practice to south-east firm Stone King, saying that it is not profitable enough. Rated team leader Robert Meakin is relocating to the London office of 10-partner Stone King after he was asked by Simmons to find an alternative practice which was not a competitor. Meakin is joining […]

A VIEW FROM CAIRO

Mother of the World, as old as the Pyramids, Cairo is a thriving metropolis of 16 million people advancing resolutely into the modern commercial era. However, as the Egyptian economy was brought under centralised control in the 1950s and 1960s, the activities of the private sector were restricted and foreign investment declined. This situation began […]

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