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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 makes third raid on CMS Moscow

Clifford Chance has raided the Moscow office of CMS Cameron McKenna for the third time in two months, taking senior associate Maria Oleinik. The hire brings Clifford Chance’s Moscow energy practice up to eight lawyers and follows the moves of former CMS Moscow head David Griston and banking head Jared Grubb to the magic circle […]

Mayer Brown nets Charnley for dramatic London corporate push

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Brum Scrum

Birmingham’s rapid upscaling of its city centre is seeing a sea change in the make-up of the region’s real estate departments. Kevin Nagle reports In Birmingham over recent years city centre redevelopments such as the ICC, Mailbox and Bull Ring have not just transformed the city’s skyline, but have also been the catalyst for the […]

Outgoing personality

His exit had been rumoured for some time, but Simmons & Simmons confirmed the retirement of legendary global head of communications and outsourcing David Barrett today. See story. Barrett was part of an illustrious in-house team at IBM in the 1980s that spawned such IT law luminaries as John Yates and Chris Hoyle of Beachcroft […]

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