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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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Andersens calls back Hong Kong head and tightens grip on Garretts

Justin Ede, the managing partner of Arthur Andersen’s affiliated Hong Kong law firm Ede Charlton & Co, has been recalled to London. It has also emerged that property specialist Nigel Bacon, who was recruited from the Hong Kong office of Herbert Smith in April last year, has already left to take up a non-legal role […]

In brief: Hardwicks gains partner and IBLC status

Hardwick Sallards has recruited Michael Pearson as a partner from Druces & Attlee and Andy Macrow as a senior manager from Crump & Co. Pearson was the link for Druces & Attlee’s membership of the International Business Law Consortium (IBLC) and Hardwicks is to replace the firm as the London representative of the consortium.

Engineer to plot Bar course

Kamlesh Bahl is stepping down as chairwoman of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) to concentrate more fully on her new role as deputy vice-president of the Law Society. Bahl, who will leave the EOC on 30 November, polled over 12,000 votes – the most of all the six candidates for office – beating David Keating […]

Pension problems under scrutiny

Christopher Fitton and Andrew Long on the latest pensions mis-selling review. Christopher Fitton is a solicitor and Andrew Long a partner at Pinsent Curtis. On 13 August the financial services regulators launched Phase II of the Review of Past Pension Business. This low-key, eight-line press release attracted little coverage, but its implications will be massive. […]

Stephenson Harwood to expand Madrid venture

Stephenson Harwood has recruited a senior assistant from Garrigues Andersen and plans to take on three more lawyers later this year to expand its eight-lawyer Madrid office. Commercial property specialist Fernando Rodr’guez Mar’n will join as a partner to head the firm’s property practice. Kenneth Bonavia, managing partner of the office, said that he planned […]

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