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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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Law firms must address cyber threat says Deloitte

With the threat of cyber attacks continuously materialising, cyber is now a top risk to national security in several countries, including the UK. While high-profile targets like major banks or critical infrastructure such as power stations or transport networks may be seen as facing the most obvious risk, the legal sector should not underestimate the […]

Health Alert — 7 October 2013

DLA Piper has released the 7 October 2013 issue of its Health Alert publication, which focuses on judgments, legislation and reports in the health sector. If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the link below to read the DLA Piper briefing. If not, please register or sign in with your details below.

Allen & Overy tops Asia Pacific M&A league tables for 2013 at Q3

Allen & Overy has topped the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) M&A league tables for 2013 at the third quarter (Q3), by value, as reported by Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters.  This follows particularly strong results for the firm in the 2011 and 2012 Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) tables (full year by value) where the firm was […]

Recruitment: avoiding age discrimination pitfalls

By Danielle Ingham Age discrimination is in the news again as high-profile claimants bring cases in the employment tribunal. Employers who discriminate on the basis of age face awards of unlimited compensation. Age discrimination in the employment field has been unlawful since 2006, currently through protections set out in the Equality Act 2010. While age […]

ICO publishes guidelines on direct marketing

By Tristan Mutimer The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) is based on eight data protection principles. The DPA protects individuals’ personal data and places obligations on organisations to process that personal data fairly and safely. The DPA applies to direct marketing by mail. The DPA defines direct marketing as ‘the communication [by whatever means] of any […]

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