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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, […]

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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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Gadens incumbent steps down to usher in new era

Australian-based Gadens’ long-standing managing partner has handed over the reigns to a commercial litigator. Jon Denovan is stepping down from the managing partner role after eight years and Michael Bradley, who has served as Gadens’ staff partner for seven years, will take over. Gadens houses 85 partners and 720 staff throughout Australia. Denovan will continue […]

China edges open gap for foreign lawyers in new reforms

China has unveiled a second phase of reforms that will next year further ease the tough restrictions on the country’s legal market, although the reforms still fall short of granting foreign lawyers the right to practise local law. The new Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA II) between China and Hong Kong, which was announced by […]

Former Ashurst managing partner quits for Shearman

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Hammonds head of equity capital markets quits for Hunton & Williams

Hammonds’ head of equity capital markets, Martin Thomas, is leaving to join Hunton & Williams. The hire will significantly strengthen the US firm’s capital markets practice, in particular within the AIM market. Thomas has acted on over 40 AIM transactions, the majority during the four years he has spent at Hammonds. His clients include Close […]

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