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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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In brief: Sycamore in Law Soc Hong Kong visit

Phillip Sycamore, the president of the Law Society, is to fly in to Hong Kong at the beginning of April in a bid to resolve a dispute over the requalification requirements placed on English-qualified lawyers looking to practice there. English lawyers have lost their automatic exemption from having to sit the Overseas Lawyers’ Qualifications Examination […]

In brief: Rolling stock privatisation makes cash roll in

Freshfields and Clifford Chance both reaped fees of over £1.4m each from the privatisation of the rolling stock leasing companies according to a National Audit Office report issued last week. Freshfields advised the Department of Transport and Clifford Chance advised British Rail. The report also revealed that Freshfields did not secure the Department of Transport’s […]

E-commerce raises issues

The growing popularity of e-commerce will lead to knock-on work for the legal profession, according to Paula Staunton In a rapidly developing field, IT lawyers not only have to deal with the cases and clients in hand, they must also keep an eye on the issues of the future. In 1998, a number of issues […]

Lewis Silkin drops Farnham office

Westminster firm Lewis Silkin is disposing of its Farnham conveyancing office at the end of this week as part of a major change in direction for the firm. The move will mean laying off five paralegals, with three legal executives joining the London office. The only assistant solicitor in the Farnham office has already left […]

Eversheds 'evolution' spawns new chairman

Eversheds has made its non-executive chairman, Keith James, a full-time executive chairman after 11 months without a full-time boss, James, in turn, has appointed a management team of three others to handle internal administration, client development and international strategy respectively. Eversheds announced in April last year, when managing partner Peter Cole moved to head Eversheds […]

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