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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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Jeantet continues revenue hike

French stalwart Jeantet & Associés has posted a revenue hike of 10 per cent for the second year running. The firm saw turnover rise from €28.9m (£19.9m) in 2003 to €31.7m (£21.8m) in 2004. This follows a 9.5 per cent improvement between 2002 and 2003. Last year, Jeantet hired two new partners: former EY Law […]

MBR&M UK partners face new pay regime

After a year of negotiations, Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) has finally united its US and UK compensation systems, as it emerges that the London partnership negotiated a $10m (£5.4m) extra equity injection for the three years after the merger. The equity injection meant that some 20 UK equity partners have been on enhanced remuneration […]

Abingworth turns to Proskauer Rose

Life sciences venture capital group Abingworth Management has retained Richards Butler’s prospective merger partner Proskauer Rose as its main adviser on US matters. Claire Wilkinson, Abingworth’s general counsel, turned to Proskauer Rose following the demise of Boston-based technology and venture capital powerhouse Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault. Prior to Testa’s shock dissolution last month, the firm handled the […]

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