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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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Loyens & Loeff, attorneys at law, tax advisers and civil-law notaries, has invited Michiel Beudeker, Roel Fluit, Steven Lucas, Anne-Marie Nicolas and Marc Wiggers to join the firm as partners with effect from 1 January 2018. The appointment of these five partners will take the total number of partners to 110 on 1 January 2018 on […]

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Career clinic: My GC takes credit for my ideas – what can I do?

“I’m a senior lawyer in a major construction company and we’ve been undergoing a lot of change management in the last few months. The strategy consultants spent a week in our department. Our GC who barely troubles himself with what happens day to day in our business and tends to be busy “strategising” with the […]

Integration between cloud platform and case management system

Tikit, provider of technology solutions for law and professional services firms, recently announced the integration of NetDocuments cloud platform into Tikit Partner for Windows (P4W), its flagship practice and case management application. The cloud-based platform allows users to work securely anytime, anywhere and on any device.  Its integration with P4W Case Manager means NetDocuments can either be […]

Merger mania

Superlatives, exits and ridiculous names: legal market mergers in 2017

In 2017 as every year, mergers were a fact of life. But this year a number of heavyweight deals accelerated the global trend towards ever-bigger firms. Notably, many of these deals also confirmed the evergreen trend for partner fallout in the run-up to, and aftermath of, major mergers. The year began with the de-merger to […]

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