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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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From the latest setbacks for the Wembley Stadium project to the Treasury’s announcement in the Budget about the introduction of a new investment vehicle, property is never far from making a splash across the headlines of the UK press. Meanwhile, law firms across the City have been scrambling to make the most of the introduction […]

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The Professional Inventors Alliance (PIA) USA finds complaints by Research in Motion’s (RIM) chief patent counsel Tom Sanchez in The Lawyer (13 March), that RIM is “the poster child as to why there needs to be patent reform”, to be ironic. RIM, the manufacturer of BlackBerry, complains that it has been victimised during its long-running […]

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Publisher Informa has appointed its first general counsel picking its CMS Cameron McKenna relationship partner John Burton. Burton has been Informa’s key outside counsel for a number of years. He advised the company on its $1.4bn acquisition of US conference organiser IIR in 2005 and its £1.1bn merger with publisher Taylor & Francis in 2004. […]

New Emea head of litigation at EDS plans panel overhaul

The world’s second largest IT company EDS has appointed a new head of litigation for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (Emea), who plans to rethink the company’s external panel choices. Nick Rogers, who took over Huw Owens’ position in March, said he was looking to get more out of external counsel. “We’ll be looking […]

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