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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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Siemens lawyer powers up for Fujitsu

Fujitsu Siemens Computers BV is making Siemens information and communications products division lawyer Dr Heinz Tietze its new general counsel. The newly-created role was turned down by David Hyams, vice-president of legal and commercial affairs at Fujitsu Computers (Europe), who recently left the company after Fujitsu and Siemens AG formed the joint venture, Fujitsu Siemens […]

New Labour babe of the week

Well done barrister and PM’s wife, Cherie Booth QC of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, the woman who launched a thousand cooing baby articles, bets on names, working mother stories and “the price of bootees today” reports. Cherie, 45, is having her fourth baby next May. The Blairs’ news that they are having another sprog also […]

Skadden Arps Poach Sports Supremo

US law firm, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is making the executive vice president and chief legal officer of the National Basketball Association a partner. Jeffrey Mishkin represented several sports leagues as a partner at Proskauer Rose before joining the NBA in 1992. He joins Skadden Arps on 1 January. Skadden Arps executive partner. […]

Are UK firms ready for global banking?

Business is booming in banking as companies strive to provide a one-stop shop for their clients’ global ambitions. But are the UK’s law firms up to the task or will they lose out to the worldwide might of the US? asks Chris Dignan. Across the world, the banking business is undergoing fundamental change as banks […]

Berwins partners defect to Olswang

Olswang has lured two key partners from Berwin Leighton’s highly-respected private equity team. Fabrizio Carpanini and Chris Mackie will join Olswang as soon as they have negotiated their exit from Berwin Leighton. Jonathan Goldstein, chief executive at Olswang, says their arrival will prove a big step in building a full-service practice for new media clients. […]

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