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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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Death row prisoners in the US. Presidential candidate Al Gore has opened a debate around the death penalty after a study from Columbia University showed that two out of three sentences in capital-case appeals are set aside. In a statement that death row prisoners would probably agree with, Gore said:”If there is a study that […]

In-house prove their mettle

I was somewhat amused by a large display advertisement from Freshfields last week in The Lawyer. It had the heading, in large type, “Ahead of the game”, and was illustrated by a galloping cheetah. No self-respecting cheetah wants to be ahead of the game – just behind it, and eventually on top of it. But […]

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Grimaldi e Clifford Chance is to more than double its office space in Milan providing room for an extra 75 lawyers. According to partner Nick Wrigley, the firm will take over a building adjoining the existing one in Via Clerici in an area of the city traditionally known for its high concentration of law firms. […]

Gianni Origoni secures Pavia lawyers for Padua

Gianni Origoni & Partners is to open an office in Padua staffed by former employees of Pavia e Ansaldo. The four lawyers,who plan to take some of their clients with them from their old office in the city, will specialise mainly in M&A and finance. Among the team is Luigi Pavanello, who returns to Gianni […]

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