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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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Fleury’s dreams fall apart

Seven partners have left: can the Dutch star pull CC’s practice back from the brink? By Steve Hoare When Clifford Chance’s communications, media and telecommunications (CMT) group head Joachim Fleury transferred to London from Amsterdam in 2001, there was much fanfare about a global assault on the technology market. Fleury was one of the firm’s […]

T-Mobile reshuffles legal post-Chain

T-Mobile is restructuring its legal department following the departure of its longstanding general counsel. Julia Chain, general counsel at T-Mobile for six years, as well as being company director, is leaving on 1 October to join legal specialists Jomati Consultants to provide strategic advice to in-house lawyers. Her role will be taken by her deputy […]

France Telecom gears up to appoint new legal panel

France Telecom is completing a full-scale review of its legal advisers and has promised that some of its existing advisers will be dropped. The French national telecoms provider already has framework agreements in place with 10 law firms, but after a new review procedure involving 60 law firms, a new list will be produced by […]

Minter Ellison scoops Masons lawyer for Shanghai head

Australia’s Minter Ellison has raided Masons in China to strengthen its Shanghai office with a new figurehead. David Cox has been appointed to the newly created position of head of the firm’s Shanghai office. He replaces senior associate YiYi Wu who has been the firm’s key contact point in Shanghai, following the official opening of […]

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