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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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Hammonds opens global public law dept in Brussels

National law firm Hammond Suddards Edge has set up a public international law practice to work alongside its European law team in Brussels. The team, which will also work closely with the dispute resolution team, will advise sovereign governments, international organisations and companies involved in international trade and investment. Its launch coincides with the appointment […]

Garretts faces client loss as two join A&O

Top employee share scheme partners quit; work left to one associate Andersen Legal firm Garretts is losing its two highly-rated employee share scheme partners to Allen & Overy (A&O). Paul McCarthy and Sylvie Watts, who are based in Garretts’ London office, handle equity incentive share schemes and equity-based remunerations. They will join A&O’s employment, pensions […]

Burges Salmon completes Orange HQ London relocation

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Osborne Clarke Frankfurt dumps merger strategy

Osborne Clarke is refocusing its strategy in Frankfurt and is abandoning its original plan to merge in preference of making a number of lateral hires. The move follows the decision at the end of last year of German ally Graf von Westphalen Fritze & Modest’s Frankfurt office to split from the rest of the firm. […]

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