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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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Choice roles

BSkyB’s recent court battle with Virgin Media has provided fresh support for the principle that a client’s right to choose their lawyer is paramount, says Rachel Couter The Court of Appeal has judicially determined that a client’s right to choose their lawyer is paramount and should not be displaced unless absolutely essential. It is a […]

Moves roundup: 20 October 2008

Jonathan Metliss has joined West End firm Davenport Lyons as a partner in the ­corporate department. He was a founder partner at SJ Berwin and went on to become senior corporate finance partner. Metliss was most recently at Rosenblatt Solicitors where he was a consultant. Move of the week Jonathan Metliss has joined West End […]

BAE Systems ‘flattens’ the legal team

BAE Systems has scrapped the role of assistant general counsel after incumbent Andrew Gallagher was promoted to director of corporate development. General counsel Philip Bramwell said he intended to take the layers out of the legal team and move to a flatter structure. BAE has also appointed its first chief legal counsel for India, sending […]

BLG creates chief operating officer role

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has appointed a non-fee-earner as its first chief operating officer. David Jabbari was previously global head of knowledge management at Allen & Overy and will become an equity partner at BLG. He will work alongside BLG CEO Clint Evans, a former accountant, on the management of the firm. Evans said: […]

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