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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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Liverpool’s EAD vows to grow clin neg capability after ABS conversion

The latest firm to be granted an ABS licence said it now plans to develop its clinical negligence and personal injury practice. Liverpool firm EAD, which gained SRA approval for the conversion in late December, already has a large focus on clinical negligence work. The firm said that changing to an ABS has enabled financial […]

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Cleary’s Freeman leaves for CAT as one of four new chairmen

The former chairman of the Competition Commission is to leave US firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton to take up the post of chairman at the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) as the judicial body appoints four to the panel of chairmen. Peter Freeman joined the London office of Cleary as a senior consultant in 2011, […]

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Moves: 14 January 2013

Move of the week Taylor Wessing has appointed a new partner in its Middle East office. Tahir Ahmed joins the corporate finance practice after spending the past eight years in the region, most recently with Dewey & LeBoeuf in Dubai. His practice includes M&A, private equity, fund formations, joint ventures, ECM, DCM, sukuk, private placements […]

Paul Hastings’ LA logo is a movie star

Firm’s landmark logo makes regular movie appearances Product placement in TV and film is here to stay as companies fall over themselves to get their goods in the hands of your favourite characters. Heineken reportedly paid $45m (£28m) to get its beverage into James Bond’s mitts in Skyfall. In this more aggressive business age, is […]

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