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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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Basket cases

Most feel that deregulation is both necessary and imminent, but as Jon Robins reports, the idea of supermarkets and banks offering law advice doesn’t sit well with traditionalists The Law Society came up with a striking vision of the future last month. One day, happy shoppers will nip down to their local Sainsbury&#39s for their […]

EC hires Lovells to study product liability laws

Lovells has been appointed by the European Commission to carry out a study into the scope and practical application of product liability laws across the European Union. Led by partner John Meltzer (left), the study will be the most comprehensive so far and will assist in determining whether it is practical to adopt a uniform […]

Herbert Smith team poised for move to CC

Herbert Smith is to lose most of its Paris competition team to Clifford Chance if a forthcoming vote is passed. The two-partner team will be led by high-profile partner Claude Lazarus, who joined Herbert Smith from Jeantet & Associés at the end of 1999. The move will leave the Paris office with just three associates, […]

Andersen Legal names head of Russian office

Andersen Legal has hired Constantine Lusigan-Rizhinashvili, the managing partner of its associated Georgian firm, Georgian Consulting Group, as managing partner of its Russian office. The accountancy-tied firm has also taken on Clifford Chance competition lawyer Mireille Dany to join its Paris office. Dany has joined Andersens as a partner.

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