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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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International eye: Italy

Like Milan’s football clubs Internazionale and AC Milan, the rivalry between Italy’s two biggest law firms, Bonelli Erede Pappalardo and Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners, is inspired by more than just healthy competition. Bonelli 2, Gianni 0 Like Milan’s football clubs Internazionale and AC Milan, the rivalry between Italy’s two biggest law firms, Bonelli Erede Pappalardo and Gianni […]

Cllifford Chance appoints learning and development partner

Clifford Chance has appointed its first global learning and development partner in a bid to develop and streamline the firm’s legal and business services training programmes. Former private equity partner Julia Clarke has been appointed to the role. She will be responsible for the development of legal and business skills training for fee-earners and business […]

Bird & Bird’s European offices benefit from promotions

Bird & Bird has appointed eight new partners, seven of which work in the firm’s European offices. Germany promoted three, the most new partners of any jurisdiction. Fabian Niemann was promoted in the Frankfurt IT practice, with corporate partner Jiri Jäger and competition specialist Jörg Witting appointed in Düsseldorf. Italy received two new partners, finance […]

Lawrence Graham focuses on India in new corporate strategy

Lawrence Graham is to focus on growth in India after seeing its revenue from the country more than triple during the past two years. The firm’s recently revised corporate strategy has the country as one of three key focal points. The other two are capital-raising and corporate real estate. Rather than investing in China, which it said already […]

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