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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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DAC senior partner steps down

Davies Arnold Cooper’s (DAC) long-standing senior partner David McIntosh is stepping down at the end of the month, following 28 years in the role. The firm’s current executive partner Danny Gowan is to succeed McIntosh in the role. McIntosh will continue to work with DAC in a consultant role, assisting with strategy and also carrying […]

Clyde & Co promotions help female partner ratio

Clyde & Co has improved its ratio of female partners by making up two women in its latest round of promotions. In 2005 the firm brought in no new female partners, either by promotion or lateral hire. However, this year Paris-based construction litigator Clarisse Billot has been promoted to partner, while marine transport partner Hatty […]

Beachcrofts boosts financial services with FFW hire

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is strengthening its financial services team with the hire of a partner from Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW). Robert Guest joins Beachcrofts’ London office after three and a half years at FFW, which he joined after co-founding investment management company SG Asset Management in 1998. Financial services head Nigel Frudd said Guest’s hire fitted […]

Expansion costs to top £326m as City firms boost headcounts

City law firms could face a collective refurbishment bill estimated at £240m if expansion plans to take on an additional two million sq ft of office space over the next three years come to fruition. The office refurbishment and fit-out costs estimated at £240m leap further to £326m if rental costs are also taken into […]

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