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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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White & Case axes Bangkok office

White & Case is set to close its third office in less than a month as Thailand follows departures from Italy and the German city of Dresden. White & Case is pulling out of Thailand and letting its Bangkok office relaunch itself as a 58-lawyer independent firm. The departure from Thailand follows the closure of […]

Simmons in Wachovia, Links raids for China duo

Simmons & Simmons has hired a senior legal counsel from Wachovia Bank to expand its China financial markets group. Sau-Wing Mak, who was also a senior vice-president at Wachovia and was previously a Linklaters solicitor, joins Simmons as a partner. She will be joined in Hong Kong by Linklaters managing associate Kevin Tong, who joins […]

CME Group goes global with Emea legal hire

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group has kicked off its international expansion with the hire of Taylor Wessing partner Adrienne Seaman as legal director and associate ­general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group has kicked off its international expansion with the hire of Taylor Wessing partner Adrienne Seaman […]

Camerons´ insurance switch: timely change or risky business?

CMS Cameron McKenna has taken a leap of faith in its decision to relaunch its insurance practice with a focus on ­contentious work, as revealed by The Lawyer last week (3 November). Most insurance practices are broadening their platforms to capture a more significant proportion of work because the pressure on profit margins and the […]

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Opinion: Yes, we can trust Obama to do right by international law

The US Constitution is the oldest working constitution in the world. But it has been under siege recently and the legal stakes in the Obama-McCain election could not have been greater. McCain, for example, had publicly stated that he would (attempt to) reverse Supreme Court decisions regarding Guantanamo Bay if he was elected. Four of […]

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