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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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Deacons and Dunhill tie the knot

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Pittsburgh firm Buchanan Ingersoll is taking on one of the US’s leading biotechnology teams from rival firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. The group of nine lawyers, including four partners, boosts the firm’s technology practice and leaves Akin Gump lacking in its biomedical, food and drug capability. The partners are Robert Pinco, Edward John […]

Hogan & Hartson pushes into Asia with new Tokyo office

Leading Washington DC firm Hogan & Hartson is opening an office in Tokyo – its first step into Asia. The 700-lawyer firm will specialise in intellectual property and corporate work in the office, initially for existing clients. The firm already represents Japanese car giant Toyota, telephone company NTT and technology companies Seiko Epson and Sanyo. […]

Carrington quits B&M for F1 client

Baker & McKenzie is losing one of its top international partners to racing client McLaren. Nigel Carrington is a member of the firm’s eight-partner worldwide management committee and a former managing partner of the London office. Corporate finance partner Carrington is moving to TAG McLaren Holdings as managing director after working with the client for […]

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