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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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Sonnenschein opens Geneva office

The Chicago-based firm has poached Cherise Valles from the Canadian Government to head up the new Swiss outpost which will focus on world trade and e-commerce issues. As part of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Valles regularly advised on the rights and obligations arising under the World Trade Organisation and the […]

Reckitt & Colman

Guiseppe Sanna, head of legal at Reckitt & Colman, could make good use of a crystal ball at the moment to divine what his professional future holds. A fortnight ago, the company merged with Dutch-based Benckiser to create the world’s largest household cleaning products company and job losses have been widely predicted. So far, three […]

Pinochet's habeas corpus bid

The scene is now set for further legal moves by former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet’s legal team in the battle to ward off moves to extradite him to Spain, where he may have to face criminal proceedings. The High Court has given leave for Pinochet’s lawyers to seek a writ of habeas corpus in […]

Bevan Ashford woos drinks giant lawyer

Leading regional firm Bevan Ashford has recruited an in-house lawyer from Allied Domecq as a partner in its Bristol office. Jeanette Darby has worked for the drinks giant for about 15 years and was responsible for setting up its Bristol legal department. Bevan Ashford has been one of Allied Domecq’s external legal advisers for seven […]

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