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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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The main danger when offering a disaggregated legal service is the quality of work of the third party supplier. But there are steps that can be taken to mitigate the risks In the context of the fragmented delivery of legal services, what does disaggregation mean to you and what do you see as the biggest […]

No5 Chambers’ barristers represent defendants in football match-fixing case

Barristers from No5 Chambers have represented the defendants in a football match-fixing case. Chann Sankaran and Krishna Ganeshan, businessmen from Singapore, and Michael Boateng, former Whitehawk FC defender, have been convicted of conspiracy to commit bribery after plotting to fix the results of football matches. Sankaran and Ganeshan have been sentenced to five years, and […]

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DLA Piper Hong Kong exits continue as corporate partner joins Jun He

DLA Piper’s Hong Kong corporate partner Esther Leung has left to join Chinese firm Jun He, a month after a team of four moved to Winston & Strawn. Leung has joined Jun He’s Hong Kong office a corporate partner. Her practice focuses on IPOs, public M&A transactions and employment law. She joined DLA Piper in […]

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