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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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Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

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Franchise resales – should franchisors be involved?

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New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

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Property

Clifford Chance represented Liffe Administration and Management on the underletting of the former Stock Exchange trading floor and nearby 61 Threadneedle Street to Knight Trimark Group. Knight Trimark will take the spaces for the remaining term of the leases which will expire in 2004. Real estate lawyer Edward Norman acted on the deal while CMS […]

Masons offers free advice

Construction specialist Masons is attempting to break into the dotcom culture by launching a website aimed at new media start-ups. The venture, outlaw.com, will be run independently of Masons’ corporate site. It aims to provide legal advice for people who are sceptical of traditional law firms. IT partner John Salmon explains: “People are worried that […]

View from NTL

If e-commerce is interpreted simply as doing business online, a legal team will have to consider three issues: its website, the services it wishes to sell and the services its customers wish to sell using its network. While website issues have been addressed in the past, legal departments now have two key concerns: ensuring content […]

Staying safe in cyberspace

E-commerce is dogged by fears over how safe cyberspace is from net-savvy financial fraudsters, but we have the technology to make it as secure as shopping in the high street, so why don’t we use it? asks Dennis Willetts Fraud is about lies, damned lies. In that respect, fraud in e-commerce is no different from […]

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