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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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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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All change at Dechert

Is Dechert copying Baker & McKenzie? The short answer is “no”, though it’s tempting to think so. The news that Dechert has appointed its first chairman from outside its Philadelphia headquarters (see story) comes only a day after Bakers confirmed it had elected Brazil managing partner Eduardo Leite as its next global chairman (see story). […]

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Holman Fenwick & Willan (HFW) has reported a marginal rise in turnover at the 2009-10 year-end following a year of investment at the firm. The firm’s turnover increased by 0.9 per cent to £99.6m from £98.7m a year earlier, with 43 per cent of revenue generated in non-domestic markets. Senior partner Richard Crump commented: “A central part […]

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Watson Farley posts 9 per cent revenue rise

Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has broken through the £80m revenue barrier, after posting growth of 9 per cent. In 2008-09 the firm made £73.5m (see story) a total that has now increased to £80.2m. The firm has also increased fee-earner headcount and opened an office in Madrid during the year. This is the third […]

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Once considered to be a bastion of British justice, it appears that trial by jury in libel cases has fallen out of vogue and could soon be stopped altogether. Earlier this year Lord Justice Jackson in his review of civil litigation costs said jury trials contributed to disproportionate costs in libel cases and recommended that […]

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