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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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LeBoeuf gains Hong Kong presence via affiliation

LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has expanded in Asia with the launch of a Hong Kong office. The firm will work in affiliation with local firm Arthur Marriott & Associates, with the LeBoeuf office headed jointly by partners William Marcoux and Daniel Liew. LeBoeuf plans to have a team of 20 lawyers based in the […]

Hunton boosts Brussels with Commission hire

Hunton & Williams has boosted its competition practice, hiring Robert Klotz from the European Commission for its Brussels office. Klotz has served out a 12-year career in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition, and most recently worked in the energy and water unit. He specialises in antitrust litigation under Articles 81 and 82 within the […]

Work Life Quiz: Paul Shrubsall, One Essex Court

What was your first-ever job?I worked in an antique shop. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Having to do ‘noting up’ – an arcane system of cross-referencing law reports. It’s so old I doubt anyone would remember it. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on […]

Bar chair wants child-friendly legal system

The new criminal bar chair has called for a review of the treatment of young people caught up in the criminal justice system. •The new criminal bar chair has called for a review of the treatment of young people caught up in the criminal justice system. Furnival Chambers’ Sally O’Neill QC, who starts work as […]

Norton Rose nets London planning head

English Heritage’s former legal chief, who joined Howard Kennedy 13 months ago, is set to join Norton Rose as a senior associate. Nigel Hewitson, who moved to Howard Kennedy to launch a dedicated planning department last July, will head a new London planning practice at Norton Rose. Hewitson’s hire was seen as a major coup […]

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