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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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Linklaters: friends and finance

Previous blogs: 03-July-2008, Simmons & Simmons: on the up 03-July-2008, Top of the PEPs Revenue PEP Table Clifford Chance will be breathing a sigh of relief after Linklaters failed to steal its crown as the world’s number one law firm in terms of turnover. Linklaters, however, is catching up and is now only £36m behind […]

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A&O’s £1bn revenues buoyed by strong growth overseas

Allen & Overy has seen revenue break the £1bn barrier for the first time with average profit per equity partner (PEP) rising 9.5 per cent to £1.12m. Allen & Overy (A&O) has seen revenue break the £1bn barrier for the first time with average profit per equity partner (PEP) rising 9.5 per cent to £1.12m. […]

L&G rejigs property list after BLP scandal

Insurance giant Legal & General (L&G) has kicked off a full-scale review of its external adviser list, with the first stage focusing on its property panel. Current advisers on the property roster include Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Clifford Chance, Eversheds and LG. The review comes after BLP partner Vinay Veneik, a key L&G relationship ­partner, […]

Lord Falconer joins Gibson Dunn

Former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer is set to join Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, following in Lord Goldsmith’s footsteps by joining a US law firm. Falconer, who joins the firm’s London office, takes on the role of senior counsel within the firm’s dispute resolution team. The US firm’s managing partner, Ken Doran, said Falconer will support […]

CMS supports access to justice research

The CMS network is sponsoring an Oxford University study into access to civil justice in Europe. The programme is being led by former CMS Cameron McKenna partner Dr Chris Hodges, an expert on class actions and litigation funding systems in Europe and the US. CMS executive partner Robert Derry-Evans said: “Civil litigation is changing across […]

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