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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 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, […]

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

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UCI’s passion for turing unused sites into entertainment meccas sets it apart from the rest and with a growing number of European operations, the company’s legal department is always on the lookout for support. Naomi Rovnick reports Manchester-based United Cinemas International (UCI) builds multiplex cinemas. It does not gobble up high-street cinemas in the same […]

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How times change. Collyer Bristow has just appointed a former client care manager as its chief executive, in the shape of Jonathan Fox, who was formerly at DLA.`Now I am sure that among some of the old school there will be a raised eyebrow or two about the fact that a marketeer is overseeing a […]

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is taking Germany to the International Court of Justice alleging the violation of international law. `Last week Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer submitted an application to the ICJ in The Hague on behalf of the principality of Liechtenstein.`It accuses Germany of disregarding the sovereignty of the State of Liechtenstein and violating the right to […]

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