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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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The chief legal officer of SunGard Data Systems, Larry Gross, has joined US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius after the software house was bought by a private equity consortium for $11.4bn in April. Gross was SunGard’s general counsel from shortly after its public offering in 1986 until the beginning of 2005, when he became chief […]

White & Case boosts Frankfurt/London with dual hires

White & Case has raided Linklaters and Weil Gotshal & Manges to boost its London and Frankfurt finance groups. The New York-based firm has hired Weil Gotshal equity partner Tom Schorling in Frankfurt, focusing on acquisition finance especially in the private equity arena with clients such as Texas Pacific and CSFB Private Equity. At the […]

McKee Nelson, Sidley Austin rise to top of deal and equity leagues

US Debt and equity market activity rose by 25 per cent on the same period last year to hit $1.7tr (£890bn) during the first six months of 2006. Ashurst ally McKee Nelson took top place in the manager table for all US debt, equity and equity-related deals. It notched up 493 deals, two-thirds more than its nearest […]

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