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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 […]

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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•Manchester-based firm Geoffrey Miller has hired Julie Robertson as an assistant. Robertson was previously a legal adviser for the Vale Royal Magistrates Court in Northwich. •Arnold & Porter has promoted Daphne O’Connor to head its Denver office. O’Connor replaces Brian Leitch, who is leaving the firm to join merchant bank and private equity company Perseus. […]

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Allen & Overy (A&O) has secured its third deal in two months for banking group Unicredit, advising on Bank Austria Creditanstalt’s (BA-CA) acquisition of Ukrainian bank Ukrsotsbank. BA-CA, which is part of the Unicredit Group, acquired 95 per cent of Ukrsotsbank from Interpipe Group for E1.52bn (£1.03bn). A&O partner Pervez Akhtar, who led the team […]

Olswang strengthens Reading real estate team

Olswang has bolstered its Reading real estate group with four new lawyers, two of whom are returning to the firm. Carol Griffin rejoins the firm as head of the Reading real estate team from the local office of Osborne Clarke, accompanied by fellow Osborne Clarke defector Kate Jorgenson, who returns as an associate. Griffin takes […]

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