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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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We’re coming out of the back room and helping to shape strategy, say our shortlisted lawyers for this year’s In-house Lawyer of the Year award. In-house lawyers are no longer the forgotten back office box-tickers they once were, next-generation general counsel are masters of the boardroom. Dynamic, often young, and surprisingly good-humoured, considering they’re also […]

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Australia: medium pace

A prolonged period of tough trading conditions has forced a rebalancing in the top end of the legal market, while mid-sized players are growing Pay freezes, staff cuts and partner exits are the words that best describe the top end of last year’s Australian legal services market. Against the backdrop of a weak business confidence […]

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Taylor Wessing marches into US with double office launch

Taylor Wessing has continued its international expansion with the launch of US offices in Palo Alto and New York. The firm will relocate four corporate technology partners from the firm’s European offices this September in a bid to better connect its base of US clients to its offices overseas. London-based corporate technology partner Mark Barron […]

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Liberalisation kicks off in Kenya

 Kenya could be the next big target for international firms wanting to grow in Africa. A common complaint of law firms wishing to grow their international presence is that local regulations prevent them from doing so. Equally, a common refrain from some independent firms in developing markets is that a cohort of their peers are […]

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In-house interview: Yoo group GC, Geraldine Mirabile

When creative maestro Philippe Starck’s interior design vehicle Yoo invited Geraldine Mirabile to be group GC, she wondered whether she would be cool enough. No problem, as it turned out When the headhunters come calling to tell you that two of the highest profile – and possibly coolest – men in their field want you […]

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