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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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Harneys becomes latest offshore firm to launch in Singapore

Offshore firm Harneys is bolstering its Asian presence with a Singapore office, relocating two Hong Kong partners to the jurisdiction to lead the venture. The Singapore base will be led by the firm’s global banking head Colin Riegels, alongside funds partner Lisa Pearce. Both are moving from Hong Kong and will be joined by another […]

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Squire Sanders unveils reduced partnership promotions round

Squire Sanders has announced the promotion of seven lawyers to its partnership ranks, with two lawyers making the cut in the UK. The number of new partners is down on last year, when eight lawyers were made up (13 March 2013). In 2012, Squire Sanders made up 13 new partners (14 March 2012). Two of […]

Allen & Overy updates Access Assist app

Allen & Overy has updated its Access Assist iPad app, which is designed to help businesses of all kinds deal with requests for access to the personal data they hold, whether relating to employees, customers or others. Access Assist is a free Q&A tool supported by targeted summaries of applicable law, legislation, case law and […]

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Employment tribunal rejects ABN Amro lawyer’s racial discrimination claims

The Central London Employment Tribunal has upheld a former ABN Amro lawyer’s unfair dismissal claim against the bank but thrown out her 41 allegations of racial discrimination. Angela Cobbina, formerly a senior lawyer at the UK branch of the Dutch bank, blamed her employer for her miscarriage last year and said she was hounded out […]

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