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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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Rittershaus and Keiper merge

Mannheim firm Rittershaus Wissmann & von Rosentiel is to take the unusual step of merging with an accountancy and tax consultancy firm instead of joining an international network. The merger with Keiper Botzke Berger and Berizzi aims to create a one-stop shop for mittelstand (medium-sized) clients. It is also seen as a step designed to […]

Ex-CC finance partner joins Barclays Capital

Barclays Capital is recruiting a former finance partner from Clifford Chance as it restructures its entire global legal function. Andrew Taylor, who practised at Clifford Chance for 21 years, is joining the investment banking division of Barclays Bank as managing director and general counsel for the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific. He will report to […]

Beachcrofts and Buchanans diverge for NHS deal

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Jones Day expands in Asia with the opening of a Singapore office

Cleveland firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is opening an office in Singapore, its eighth outpost in Asia and its 25th worldwide. The firm has gained approval to practise from the Singapore authorities and plans to open its doors in January next year. Head of the firm’s Indian practice Jay Pathak is moving in to […]

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