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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?

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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Moves roundup: 13 January 2009

Reading firm Boyes Turner has taken on ­banking partner John Barker from Osborne Clarke to head up its ­banking and finance group. Barker said: “I’m delighted to be joining such a dynamic and ­ambitious firm that has its sights set on becoming the region’s premier law firm.” Move of the week Reading firm Boyes Turner […]

Opinion: a civil approach to insider dealing could reap dividends

Tony Woodcock, commercial litigation partner, Stephenson Harwood The rarity of successful criminal insider dealing prosecutions has resulted in some criticism of the Financial Services ­Authority (FSA) for its handling of the case of Richard Ralph. Ralph had ­confessed to the FSA that he had bought shares in a company of which he was the chairman […]

Cadwalader bankruptcy chief joins Greenberg

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has lost two bankruptcy partners, including its co-chair of restructuring Bruce Zirinsky, to Greenberg Traurig. Zirinsky will join Greenberg with fellow bankruptcy partner John Bae, despite the promise of a place on the firm’s management committee later this month. “Bruce has been trying to get on the committee for years,” said […]

UK promotions down at DLA Piper

DLA Piper has cut the number of UK lawyers being promoted to its partnership by 20 per cent in the latest round, with 16 making the grade compared to 20 in 2008. There were eight new partners created in London, the lowest figure in three years and down from 12 last year. In Manchester, where […]

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