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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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White & Case bags two partners for China push

White & Case has boosted its Asia foreign investment practice, poaching two new partners for its Beijing and Hong Kong offices. Frederick Chang joined the firm’s Beijing office from King & Wood – China’s largest law firm. Wui Seung Chong joined White & Case’s Hong Kong office from Simmons & Simmons. The new partners have […]

Holland & Knight implements wholesale management overhaul to boost profits

Holland & Knight is overhauling its management structure as part of a raft of changes aimed at unifying operations and increasing profitability. The Tampa-headquartered firm is to overhaul its practice area management structure by April 2006, replacing its existing office practice group heads with firmwide heads. Managing partner Howell Melton told The Lawyer that the […]

A&O plans overhaul of associate career path

Allen & Overy (A&O) has rolled out its long-awaited proposals to reform London associate career progression following a year when its attrition rate topped 25 per cent. Managing partner David Morley and HR head Genevieve Tennant made their final presentations in December last year. As first revealed on www.thelawyer. com (21 December), the proposals include a revamp of […]

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DCA stalls over Law Soc conflict rules proposals

Logjams have bedevilled the Law Society proposals on conflict rules, with the Dep-artment for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) stalling on the consultation process following objections by the Legal Services Consultative Panel. The panel published its response to the Law Society’s proposals several months ago. Despite this, the Law Society’s attempts to broker a discussion between its […]

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