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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 […]

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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KPMG survey reveals that lawyers are the advisers of choice for corporates. In today’s gloomy world of M&A, a chink of light has appeared – increasingly, lawyers are the new investment bankers. But before you dig out your red braces and start dusting down phrases like “lunch is for wimps”, that was a slight exaggeration. […]

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Robert Griffiths QC of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has beaten off several rivals to become counsel to the inquiry investigating a proposal to make the South Downs one of only two national parks to be established in the last half-century.Although the set declined to comment on Griffiths’ fees, they are likely to be substantial considering […]

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Clifford Chance’s Washington DC office has strengthened its projects group by recruiting the former assistant general counsel of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).Ronald Jonkers is joining Clifford Chance after 11 years at OPIC, a development agency which is part of the US government, where he specialised in large project finance deals in a number […]

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With actuaries more vulnerable to the risk of claims than ever before, where do the insurance companies stand? Robert Lloyd investigates The field of actuaries’ professional liability is by no means a well-trodden one. Despite this, the question is one of significant interest to at least a minority of London market underwriters and the small […]

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