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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?

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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The debt holy grail

Ironic, isn’t it? For five years Weil Gotshal & Manges argued that it was a credible City alternative to the finance duopoly of Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance. It made inroads when it advised Barclays on the Kappa buyout 18 months ago, but its role for Chase Manhattan and Barclays on the $2.3bn (£1.5bn) […]

Kevin Dunn

Kevin Dunn is leaving his post as general counsel at GE Capital and taking his little black book with him. Dearbail Jordan talks to him about his move to US firm Latham & Watkins Kevin Dunn, European general counsel at GE Capital and soon to be US firm Latham & Watkins’ new acquisition finance partner, […]

KLegal in New Zealand faces fight over name

The New Zealand branch of KLegal is facing a court battle next month over its name. Called KPMG Legal, the practice is under fire from the New Zealand District Law Society ethics committee which rejected its name in June. The society says that the name implies it is a division of the global accounting firm […]

Oppenhoffs in Berlin split

US firm Hogan & Hartson is poised to open in Berlin after ongoing discussions with a group of Oppenhoff & Rädler lawyers. The group – thought to include at least 10 partners – is splitting from the firm following the merger with Linklaters & Alliance. The team is led by media and telecoms partner Christo-ph […]

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