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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 […]

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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?

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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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CVC turns to Kirkland for $6bn fundraising

Chicago-headquartered Kirkland & Ellis has cemented its relationship with blue-chip private equity client CVC Capital Partners, advising on the record $6bn (£3.01bn) fundraising for its latest Asia fund. New York-based corporate partner Geoff Levin led the team at Kirkland on the fundraising, which is expected to break the regional record of $4.2bn (£2.11bn) set by […]

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UK 200 Position: 183 Turnov… UK 200 Position: 183 Turnover: £7.7m Revenue per fee-earner: £164,000 Revenue per lawyer: £226,000 Revenue per partner: £350,000 Total number of fee-earners: 47 Total number of qualified lawyers: 34 Total number of partners: 22 Total number of female partners: 7 Total number of staff: 120 The April 2007 merger of […]

Dewey Ballantine

Dewey Ballantine’s impending merger with LeBoeuf promises exciting and expansionist times ahead for London managing partner Fred Gander Dewey Ballantine has been on a roller coaster ride over the past six months, having abandoned merger talks with fellow US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe at the beginning of the year and then announcing its planned […]

Dewey to accept LeBoeuf structure

Dewey Ballantine’s partnership agreement will be dissolved as part of its merger with LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae, with the enlarged firm’s business operating on LeBoeuf’s systems. Both firms claimed that the move does not represent a takeover by LeBoeuf, with the decision on the structure being made well into the merger talks. New York-based […]

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