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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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DLA wins Simmons finance director as US merger vote nears

DLA has recruited Simmons & Simmons’ former finance director to be its new chief financial officer in the lead up to the firm’s merger vote with US suitor Piper Rudnick. Paul Edwards spent seven years at Simmons during which time he oversaw the restructuring of the firm’s remuneration system. He will replace David Liddle, DLA’s […]

Gold triumphs in Herbert Smith election race

Head of litigation David Gold has won the two-way race to become Herbert Smith’s next senior partner, beating practice partner Richard Fleck to the punch. Gold, who was backed by almost the whole of the litigation department – the firm’s traditional powerhouse – takes office in April. He succeeds Richard Bond for a five-year term. […]

DWS makes two partner promotions in TMT group

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is mounting a rearguard action to cling on to its dwindling technology, media and telecoms (TMT) practice, with two telecoms associates becoming partners. It is understood that outgoing chief executive Virginia Glastonbury has indicated to two assistants, believed to be Nick Graham and Scott Singer, that they will be made up expeditiously. The […]

Ashurst advises competitors on Saga auction

Ashurst landed pole position on the hotly contested auction of Saga, the financial services and travel provider for the over 50s, by advising competing consortia. The City firm advised both Bank of Scotland and Lehman Brothers, which are providing financing to Platinum 400, the winning acquisition vehicle of the management team, which is supported by […]

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