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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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, is a persistent societal problem, and there are (many) studies that, if concrete measures are not taken, […]

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New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

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Drug addicts. Barrister Roger Warren Evans, a member of Mumbles Community Council, has published a pamphlet calling for illegal drugs including cocaine and ecstasy to be decriminalised. The leaflet argues that taking some drugs is statistically safer than playing football. It also claims that removing the criminal element from drug dealing would raise huge amounts […]

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Clifford Chance has merged with Luxembourg firm Faltz & Kremer after months of wrangling with the Luxembourg bar. The Lawyer first revealed the planned link-up in August, when talks were said to be at an “advanced stage”. But the merger was delayed until 1 January because of objections from Luxembourg’s restrictive bar association – particularly […]

Movement at the bar

The true volatility of life at the bar was dramatically highlighted this week by the unprecedented event of five leading silks moving chambers. The departure of Sir Nicholas Lyell QC from Brick Court Chambers shows that not even the magic circle is secure from rival chambers poaching its leading barristers. Such movement, as well as […]

Martineaus sets up telecoms team

Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson has set up a telecoms group to target the explosion in the mobile phone industry. Martineaus says that it is only the third firm outside London to launch a telecoms team. The other firms are Wiggin & Co and Eversheds in Leeds. Martineaus’ move coincides with the arrival of Chris Moseley […]

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