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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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Following a year-long flurry of work in the banking and telecoms sectors, Simmons & Simmons’ Qatar office has scooped the work on a key sponsorship deal with the state’s national Olympics committee. The work is for new client and champion yachtswoman Tracy Edwards. The round-the-world sailor who, in an unrelated case was last week fighting […]

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Burness chairman steps down

The chairman of Scottish firm Burness, John Rafferty, has stepped down after seven years in the job.He has been replaced by Philip Rodney whose former post as head of Burness’ dispute resolution practice has been taken over by 31-year-old David Morgan.During Rafferty’s chairmanship Burness has seen turnover grow threefold to £15m. It has also moved […]

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Despite the Financial Ombudsman Service’s growing power in the market, many legal advisers don’t seem to be up to speed. Garon Anthony reports In just three years since its inception, the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has dealt with thousands of consumer complaints against financial services businesses and awarded compensation totalling millions of pounds in respect […]

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