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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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White & Case’s bid to launch a judicial review over the Government’s decision not to refer the Lloyds TSB-HBOS merger to the Competition Commission has failed. White & Case loses bid for Lloyds-HBOS merger JR” />White & Case has failed in its bid to launch a judicial review over the Government’s decision not to refer […]

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The season to (try to) be jolly

It hasn’t been the best year for the legal profession, as you can see in this issue. But there have been a few highlights to remember. Pantomime villains of the year: Vinay Veneik; Beresfords; Melvyn Weiss (Milberg Weiss). Most right-wing magic circle firm: Allen & Overy, the one to donate the most money to the […]

More groups allowed to bring class actions, govt told

Proposals to allow more representative bodies to bring class actions on an opt-out basis have been put forward to the government today. The Civil Justice Council (CJC), the body responsible for advising the Lord Chancellor on the modernisation of the law, called for reform of the group litigation model to remove barriers to access to […]

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Review of the year 2008: Cometh the crunch

The Lawyer continued to report the big stories that shaped the year. January Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft gave us a taste of things to come when it laid off 35 ­associates. By the end of the year nearly every firm would be doing the same. Lovells marked the end of an era with the departure […]

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