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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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CC boosts Dubai Islamic finance function

Clifford Chance has transferred another senior lawyer to its Dubai office as it expands its Islamic finance practice in the Gulf region. Senior associate Qudeer Latif follows structured finance partner Debashis Dey, who will also move to Dubai with a team of two associates in May. Qudeer has extensive experience in structured and project finance […]

In search of a legal olympian

The race to be general counsel of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Locog) is on, so The Lawyer thought it would steal headhunter Elizabeth Wall’s thunder and put together a quick shortlist. Locog is after a real heavyweight from the corporate world or private practice. The money will be good but not […]

Hextalls goes stateside in merger quest

City law firm Hextalls is gearing up its search for a US alliance or merger partner following the election of the firm’s new eight-member executive committee. Chief executive Matthew Clark confirmed that he will be visiting the US in the late summer or early autumn to meet with US firms Hextalls is interested in linking […]

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Kirkland & Ellis prides itself on having a flat management structure, but it would seem this strategy has gone out with the trash when it comes to the swish new offices at that London landmark the Gherkin. Lawyers at the US firm have been getting their knickers in a twist about, of all things, furniture […]

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