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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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Matrix goes global

Internationalisation has been a long time coming at the bar, but the appetite for overseas offices is now  gathering momentum as illustrated by news this week that Matrix is opening in Geneva. So far, most sets have focused their international efforts in the east, attracted by the international arbitration courts at Singapore’s Maxwell Chambers. Those […]

PEP falls at DAC Beachcroft despite profit being up 42 per cent

DAC Beachcroft has announced revenues of £188.2m for the financial year 2012/13, up by 14 per cent from £164.8m in the audited accounts for 2011/12. The rise means that, unlike last year, the firm is now reporting turnover exceeding the combined revenues that the legacy firms Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) and Beachcroft reported in 2010/11. […]

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E-disclosure is slowly gaining acceptance, but how big a difference will civil litigation reforms make? Q: The SFO has chosen to use its own team of junior barristers for the e-disclosure exercise in the Tchenguiz case, arguing the issues are too complex for an LPO provider. Do you think LPOs will ever be able to grapple […]

It’s all going on in Yangon

 Allen & Overy’s success in advising Telenor on Myanmar’s first telecoms licence is proof, if ever one were needed, that the country is opening for legal business. The expat community in Yangon is bustling and good local law advice is at a premium. Check out our analysis below to find out more. A&O advises as […]

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