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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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Flotations

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Lots in a name

At least 14 of the top 500 US companies are reported to have lost the right to use their name on the Internet. And around 50 per cent of these companies have yet to register company names. Even the likes of Microsoft have been caught; a student in Utah operated an Internet site called “Windows95” […]

City firms get thumbs up in China licence spree

City firms Freshfields and Richards Butler have been granted permission to set up offices in China in the first batch of approvals from the Chinese government for over two years. Thomas Jones, Freshfields partner resident in Beijing, said the firm planned to base around four lawyers in the capital and also hoped to open branch […]

Bar claims 'success story' of China

THE BAR Council is applauding China’s “encouraging progress” towards a reformed criminal justice system at a time when Amnesty International is holding its world-wide “China – No one is safe” campaign. Bar Council leaders have made a series of visits to China and have been urging the Chinese authorities to adopt the safeguards and protections […]

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