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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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Two established and respected institutions have announced that they are set to reinvigorate themselves. Time magazine is planning a repositioning while the Rugby Football Union (RFU) has launched an eight-year plan to remould the game’s image and make it more accessible. Through a series of e-commerce initiatives, a television production and travel company and opening […]

International real estate practices

Clifford Chance Global head of international real estate: Wolfgang Usinger (Berlin). Chief executive officer of international real estate: Cliff McAuley. Clifford Chance says a staggering 80 partners focus on real estate worldwide – a figure befitting the world’s largest law firm. Some of those sit in corporate, but the breadth of coverage is still incredible. […]

Bird & Bird HK lands new senior partner

BIRD & Bird’s Hong Kong office has recruited a senior partner from leading domestic practice Victor Chu & Co. Head of corporate David Richardson is joining the specialist IT firm as a partner, and will focus on developing its corporate capability in Asia. He is dual-qualified in UK and Hong Kong law. Richardson has been […]

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Exchange continues bar hire spree

Charles Chruszcz QC of 28 St John Street, Manchester, has upped sticks to Exchange Chambers in Liverpool. The fraud, personal injury and clinical negligence specialist joins the now 60-strong set, alongside eight commercial and chancery barristers who defected from St James’s Chambers last month. Taking up residence as of today (March 26) and based in […]

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