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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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DLA Piper is one of the most active law firms in terms of venture capital (VC) deal volume, according to the ‘2013 Most Active VC Law Firms’ report published by PitchBook, a research and business information services firm serving the venture capital and private equity markets. The firm tied second for ‘2013’s Most Active VC Law […]

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In-house interview: Network experience – Fred Linker at Ciena

Catering to the cutting-edge internet cable needs of the likes of BT and C&W, and taking on heavyweights for consortia tenders is all in a day’s work for Ciena’s Fred Linker Next time you send an email to a client overseas spare a thought for the technology enabling it and the sheer distance it has to […]

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Dechert looks to open in Singapore with OMM lateral hire

Dechert is understood to be in the process of hiring O’Melveny & Myers’ (OMM) Singapore partner Dean Collins as part of the firm’s plan to open an office in Singapore later this year. Collins is qualified in England and Wales and is a partner in OMM’s fund formation practice. He has been with the firm […]

Stormy weather ahead for employers who ignore employee concerns

By Bhavika Badola A recent case highlights the potential ease for employee concerns in multiple emails about health and safety to amount to a protected disclosure under whistleblowing legislation and for employees to gain unfair dismissal rights as a result. Workers and employees who have made a protected disclosure are protected from being subject to […]

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