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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, […]

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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Kennedys gains Dublin office via merger with Irish associate firm

Kennedys has formally merged with its Dublin associate office O’Hare O’Connor Walshe (OHOCW) to create Kennedys Ireland. It is Kennedys’ ninth international office and gives the firm seven additional partners in the Irish capital. Senior partner Nick Thomas commented: “The decision to take our relationship with OHOCW forward by establishing Kennedys Ireland at this time […]

Camerons partner drops action and walks out

CMS Cameron ­McKenna real estate disputes head Caroline DeLaney has quit after withdrawing a sexual discrimination claim against the firm. DeLaney, who joined the firm in 1993, left last month, more than a year after she instructed Dawsons to advise her on a sex discrimination claim brought in the Employment Tribunal.According to a source close to the firm, […]

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HSBC legal chief dragged into ‘informal internships’ row

HSBC’s legal department is at the centre of the ongoing controversy surrounding ’informal’ work experience. The situation has arisen after group general counsel Richard Bennett sent a rejection letter to a student who had sought unpaid work experience in the banking giant’s legal department. According to today’s Financial Times, Bennett wrote in the letter that […]

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With litigation arising from team moves on the rise, Paul Goulding QC and Diya Sen Gupta look at how cases in this area are not providing a definitive path to judgment  Team move litigation appears to be on the rise. The current economic climate may be part of the reason for this. On one […]

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