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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?

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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Paris leads Coudert exodus

INTERNATIONAL law firm Coudert Brothers has lost 17 lawyers, including five partners, in a walkout from its Paris and New York offices. In a surprise move last week, partner Jean-Francois Carreras left the firm’s New York base to join Parisian defectors Nicolas Sokolow, Patrick Dunaud, Jean-Francois Mercadier and Patricia Elsen. Four of the five have […]

Gooda Walka appeal

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Booth & Co in merger talks with Addleshaws

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Certificates deadline warning

SOLICITORS were warned this week to provide the cash for their practising certificates or risk being struck off and sued by clients. Lawyers who miss the 1 November deadline could be forced to pay back fees, it has emerged. Each year the Law Society cancels about 3,000 certificates. The majority are solicitors’ who alert the […]

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