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Starting Point Employment Law Guide – Jersey Update – September 2018

By Siobhan Riley, Huw Thomas, Tarina Le Boutillier Whilst in the UK changes to employment legislation generally happen in April, major changes to Jersey employment law have in recent years occurred in September. September 2018 is no exception and will arguably be the busiest September for Jersey HR professionals for some years. There is a raft of changes […]

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 […]

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GE Capital Europe has hired Travers Smith Braithwaite banking partner Kevin Dunn to spearhead a new European asset-backed finance practice. Dunn has been appointed European legal director at the financial services institution, which is part of GE, the world’s largest corporation. GE Capital already has a major presence in the US market for asset-backed corporate […]

DAC is hit by defections from banking department

A consultant and four of the six assistants in Davies Arnold Cooper’s banking department are leaving the firm. Two of the assistants, James Dakin and Kim McMurray, who joined DAC in 1996 have gone to Nabarro Nathanson. Assistant Lynette Denzey is going in-house to client Close Brothers and legal executive Feride Mehmet is going to […]

Why alliances rarely work

Bradford W Hildebrandt analyses the reasons why alliances are doomed. Bradford W Hildebrandt is the chairman of multidisciplinary management consulting firm Hildebrandt Inc. What follows may cast doubt on the concept of integrated law firm alliances that became very popular in the late 1980s. I am not talking about large organisations such as Lex Mundi, […]

Success in 97/98 should not lead to complacency

Law firms are too caught up in boomtime mentality to look into the future, or so the latest survey on the state of the profession would seem to indicate. While profitability is up, firms are facing pressures from increasing staff costs and declining staff retention. Even more worrying, the level of commercial and skills training […]

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