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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?

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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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The Airline Group beats rival bidder Serco to become the Government’s strategic partner in the public private partnership for Britain’s air traffic control system. The Airline Group advised by Norton Rose (Alan Crookes). Serco advised by Altheimer & Gray (Anthony Fine). The Government advised by Slaughter and May (Mark Horton). National Air Traffic Services advised […]

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Barristers’ fees have dropped significantly in conditional fee arrangement (CFA) work even if they are winning the bulk of their cases. The Lawyer has obtained details of a report’s mid-stage findings which claim that barristers are faring badly in terms of fees and control over cases. The findings appear at a time when senior barristers […]

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