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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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Living Culture: A Values-Driven Approach to Revitalising Your Company Culture by Jan Thornbury, published by Random House (ISBN 0-7126-6959-0) A self-help guide for corporations, this book advises how to identify your firm’s culture and “revitalise it” to maximise success. Jan Thornbury is a business consultant who assisted KPMG in their “culture change” process. Stephen Butler, […]

Pinsent Curtis logjam prompts departure

Pinsent Curtis Biddle is losing one of its highest billing partners to US firm Arnold & Porter. Jeremy Willcocks is understood to be among some of the highest billers at Pinsent Curtis despite being a salaried partner. At Arnold & Porter, however, he will take equity as well as become head of corporate. One source […]

Sullivan & Cromwell expands Australian presence in Sydney

Sullivan & Cromwell is increasing its Australian practice with the opening of a Sydney office. The New York giant was one of the first US firms to open an office in Australia and has had a base in Melbourne since 1983. But it has now decided to increase its coverage with the Sydney expansion. Chairman […]

Finnegan’s stake

The head of Osborne Clarke‘s new Silicon Valley office has more than one thing in common with the firm’s managing partner Leslie Perrin. Like him, Angus Finnegan was rejected by the firm when he applied for a training contract and, again like Perrin, he went back for more and has since rocketed to the top. […]

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