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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 […]

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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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Cobbetts ramps up banking with double hire

Cobbetts has boosted its banking capability in Leeds with the hire of two new partners. Real estate finance expert Tracy Hall joined the firm from Eversheds’ Leeds office in April, while former Addleshaw Goddard corporate banking partner Richard Berry is set to join later this month. The hires bring the number of partners in Cobbetts’ […]

Art for fart’s sake

Tulkinghorn was bemused to hear rumours of a joint bid by Lovells’ Leslie McDonaugh and Linklaters’ Robert Finch to promote the artistic value of elephant dung. On further investigation, Tulkinghorn was relieved to find that the pair are up to their necks in it (in artists, not dung), promoting new talent at the Whitechapel Gallery. […]

Turnover continues to rise at Watson Burton

Newcastle firm Watson Burton has enjoyed a second record year, with turnover up 29 per cent. The firm posted figures of £13.8m for the financial year to 30 April, up from £10.7m in 2003. Revenues in 2003 grew by 27 per cent from 2002’s £8m. Growth within departments this year ranged from 20 to 40 […]

Simmons leads march on Qatar

Western law firms in Qatar are continuing to expand as Simmons & Simmons takes on a partner from leading local firm Gebran Majdalany. David Salt, an energy and construction specialist, will join Charles Pollack as the office’s second partner. Commenting on his decision, Salt said: “Simmons is an international firm doing work I’m more used […]

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