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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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Japan Bar backs govt arbitration initiative

THE JAPANESE Bar is set to swing behind a government initiative to establish an international commercial arbitration centre in Japan. Akira Kawamura, of leading Tokyo firm Anderson Mori, told delegates at the ABA conference that the Japanese legal profession was making a concerted effort to put arbitration on the map in Japan. He said that […]

In brief: Clyde & Co takes on Simmons partner

Michael Prosser has joined Clyde & Co from Simmons & Simmons as a partner in the corporate department. Prosser set up Simmons & Simmons’ New York office and practised there for more than ten years. David Page, head of Clyde & Co’s corporate division, said: “Michael’s US experience will be an invaluable asset in the […]

BT joint venture driven by team of 15

British Telecom has used an even bigger team of in-house lawyers on its AT&T joint venture than it used on its aborted £12bn-megamerger with MCI. American Jack Greenberg, director of legal services for BT’s global communications arm, headed a team of 15 in-house lawyers worldwide, which pulled together the complicated agreement that will create a […]

More partners quit Silverbeck Rymer

Two partners and two associates have quit Liverpool firm Silverbeck Rymer – which has now lost six partners, including four heads of department and four associates, in the past two months. Plaintiff litigation partner Keith Teare and associate Mark Bratherton – said to be the highest fee earner at the firm – have joined JST […]

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