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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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Ex-Deacons defector quits White & Case for HK firm

One of the White & Case lawyers who was part of the team that was embroiled in a lengthy court battle over its departure from Deacons has now quit the US firm. Litigation partner Robin Darton, who joined White & Case from Deacons in 2002, is leaving the firm to join four-partner Hong Kong-based firm […]

Jones Day handed Allders work thanks to referral from Olswang

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ICI’s Herlihy to quit

ICI’s general counsel and company secretary Michael Herlihy has quit the FTSE 100 company after 26 years service. Herlihy, who has been general counsel since January 1996, will be replaced by Andy Ransom, the group vice president for mergers and acquisitions. Ransom has been with ICI for 18 years and prior to his current role […]

Lovells gets green light for Singapore arbitration

Lovells’ Singapore office is launching a local arbitration practice. The firm has been awarded a licence that will allow the firm to extend its joint venture with local firm Lee & Lee to encompass arbitration. According to well-placed sources, the Attorney-General’s office granted the licence to Lovells earlier this year after new laws came into […]

Bevan Brittan launches licensing team

Bevan Brittan has established a dedicated licensing practice for the first time, with the hire of two lawyers into its Birmingham office.Former Hammonds senior assistant Sharon McCann and ex-Heatons head of licensing Rob Westwood-Payne joined Bevan Brittan on 1 February.McCann joins the firm as a partner, while Westwood-Payne is an associate. The pair will be […]

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