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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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Liable to catch on

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Linlaters opens Portuguese office

Linklaters is to launch an office in Portugal, enabling it to target clients across the whole Iberian Peninsula The magic circle firm has hired five Portuguese lawyers and their team. The group left Lisbon firm Morais Leitão J Galvão Teles & Associados in September last year.Corporate rainmaker Jorge Bleck, securities lawyer António Soares, project finance […]

Nelsons construction dept suffers exodus

A sizeable chunk of Nottingham-based firm Nelsons’ construction team has departed for local rival Browne Jacobson The move comes as Nelsons restructures its construction department following the loss of key partner Leslie Gray, who died in the Hatfield rail disaster.Partner Russell Deards has moved to the Nottingham office of Browne Jacobson together with a solicitor […]

Pillsbury cuts first year salaries as technology downturn impacts

San Francisco-based Pillsbury Winthrop has sliced $10,000 (£7,000) off its salary for first year associates The move comes as Bay Area firms fight the technology slowdown through a variety of cost-cutting initiatives.This year, the firm’s new associates will receive an annual salary of $125,000 (£87,500), down from $135,000 (£94,500). Pillsbury’s stance on remuneration mirrors similar […]

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