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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 […]

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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Novartis

Novartis UK has replaced Sally Shorthose, who left to join Clyde & Co along with a former colleague from AstraZeneca. Shorthose’s old colleague Sally Jennings had already left the UK arm of electronics and computer company Dell to take up the appointment as general counsel.

Buchanans woos Eversheds’ Halliday

Buchanan Ingersoll is continuing its aggressive City recruitment drive by hiring Eversheds‘ former head of international banking. The US firm’s London office has taken on David Halliday to head its European banking practice. Halliday announced earlier this year that he was quitting Eversheds without a new firm to go to. The national firm has yet […]

Berwin Leighton elects new managing partner

Eisenberg, who is 37, begins his three-year term this month. He replaces Bob Jones, who is returning to fee earning in the corporate department after a single term in the job. The election, which took place on Monday, was contested but Jones did not stand for re-election. Eisenberg is a partner in the corporate department. […]

Arthur Cox appoints new managing partner

McCague replaces Ian Scott who will resume practice within the firm as a partner in the industrial and commercial property department. McCague has been with Arthur Cox for ten years. The 38-partner firm has offices in Dublin, Belfast and New York. Chairman, James O’Dwyer says: “Eugene is taking over from Ian at a stage when […]

Simmons & Simmons boosts its Italian and Hong Kong presence

Simmons & Simmons has boosted its international corporate and financial practices in Italy and Hong Kong, taking on two new partners. Richard McKeown is joining the Hong Kong office from Stephenson Harwood, where he has been a partner since 1995. He specialises in banking and finance law, including domestic and cross-border financing, capital market issues, […]

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