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Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

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New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

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Striking oil at ‘Sheds

Here’s a nice bit of repositioning. Eversheds is doing its best to shake off its ’national law firm’ tag by doing something rather strategic in the Middle East (see story). The firm has merged with KSLG, a consortium of law firms in the region. The new offices will be fully paid-up members of Eversheds’ LLP; […]

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Freshfields and Links win coveted places on BP’s UK panel

Magic circle rivals Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have maintained top spots on BP’s new UK legal panel, which was announced today after a six-month review. The firms are joined by CMS Cameron McKenna, Field Fisher Waterhouse, Herbert Smith, McGrigors, Norton Rose, and Olswang. Other specialist firms have been selected for niche roles. The engagements […]

Irregular…but not uncommon

A former Ince & Co partner is under investigation by Scotland Yard after allegedly deciding that the best place for £3m of client money was his own bank account (see story). The firm suspended energy chief Andrew Iyer last July over what it called “irregular financial behaviour” (see story). Given the news that has come […]

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