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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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Covington hires 2Birds partner for Shanghai launch

Washington DC headquartered Covington & Burling has recruited a partner from Bird & Bird’s Shanghai office as the firm prepares to open its second office in China. Li Weishi focuses on transactional and IP matters in the life sciences and technology sectors. Prior to joining Bird & Bird in November 2010, she was a counsel […]

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An alternative route

With internationalisation firmly entrenched in the legal market, firms that want to guard their independence are turning to networks In brief Law firm networks are having to fight for members with international firms looking to increase their global footprint. As the pace of internationalisation picks up, what makes a network relevant to the remaining independent […]

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NSPCC appoints new legal chief

The NSPCC has appointed a new head of legal following the departure of Catherine Dixon, who left earlier this year to become chief executive of the NHS Litigation Authority. Alexis Burnetts, who trained at Berwin Leighton Paisner, had been filling in as head of legal since Dixon left in April 2012. She has now been […]

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Bevan Brittan and Trowers advise on Barnet-Harrow legal merger

Bevan Brittan and Trowers & Hamlins have advised the London Boroughs of Barnet and Harrow on the merger of their legal teams. The shared legal service will see Barnet’s legal team move to Harrow from today (3 September), pushing combined lawyer headcount to around 70. Barnet Council turned to longstanding advisers Trowers & Hamlins, which […]

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Clifford Chance on standby to advise Barclays on SFO Qatar probe

Barclays is understood to be seeking further advice from Clifford Chance after the SFO launched an investigation into Qatar payments. The regulator, which has the power to set criminal sanctions, is probing fees paid to the sovereign investor Qatar Holding in 2008. The new investigation will run in parallel with the FSA’s similar examination of […]

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