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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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Namimg and shaming

Tulkinghorn would like to thank those responsible for the deluge of entries for the ‘Name the Eversheds Café’ competition. Never has a competition without a prize had such a response.One response is from Angela Woodruff, who writes from her hotmail account, presumably to help mask her identity (although Tulkinghorn’s sources tell him that she may […]

The phantom throatwobbler

There have been some strange goings on at CC Towers, with a spate of nuisance calls from a rambling whisperer who, according to an internal email, when asked who is calling, replies: “Throatwobbler Mangrove.”Apparently, the caller uses the Clifford Chance freephone number, which is reserved for the firm’s staff, and on occasions has left voicemails […]

Shearmans knocks spots off other US City offices

Shearman & Sterling’s London office is by far the biggest biller of the top-five US practices in London, according to research by The Lawyer. In the first ever turnover survey of the five largest London offices of US firms, Shearmans reveals a much larger turnover for 2000 than its rivals. Its lawyers billed £7.3m more […]

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