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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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Careers: people

King & Spalding has made a slew of hires. Paul Murphy rejoins as a partner in the Atlanta office of the firm where he spent nine years as a litigator. John Bentivoglio joins the Washington DC office as co-chair of the firm’s healthcare group. The firm has also hired patent litigators Alexas Skucas and Allison […]

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Simmons overhauls election process

Simmons & Simmons has changed its election process in the run-up to the battle for the managing partner post. The firm has introduced a nominations committee which well-placed sources say is intended to encourage candidates from Simmons’ international network who might otherwise not stand. The composition of the committee has not yet been decided, but […]

Public engagement

Partnering between public and private sector lawyers is an idea whose time has come. Matt Byrne reveals the results of The Lawyer’s first ever public sector survey According to a City partner with a strong public sector practice, the key issue for public sector lawyers is partnering with law firms. “It doesn’t happen enough, in […]

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