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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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City duo boosts Osborne Clarke's property team

Osborne Clarke has poached two commercial property specialists from City firms Cameron McKenna and Nicholson Graham & Jones. Camerons has lost partner Charles Gait from its commercial property department to Osborne Clarke, while property finance specialist Nadine Strahl has joined the firm from Nicholson Graham & Jones. An Osborne Clarke source told The Lawyer that […]

Making good news out of bad

The entire tax department of a large City firm has walked out to join a rival. The head of department took the team largely because he hated the senior partner and is not afraid of telling people so. Journalists are on to the story and will soon be calling. Advise the firm’s managing partner on […]

New law protects transsexuals in the workplace

Workplace discrimination against transsexuals has been outlawed in the UK for the first time, as the Government moves to catch up with European law. The Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations, which have gone through Parliament this month and come into force in May, aim to prevent discrimination against those who have had sex change operations […]

In brief: Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird has announced the internal appointment of five new partners. Graham Defries and Nick Perry become partners in the firm’s communications group, Brett Israel in the banking group, and Jane Multimear and Katharine Stephens in the intellectual property group.

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