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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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Olswang wins partner from DJ Freeman

Oslwang is hiring a top property partner from rival firm DJ Freeman. Richard Max, one of the UK’s leading planning lawyers, will join the firm as head of planning at the beginning of June. Max will join two associates in the planning group and will work closely with the five partners in the property group. […]

Cooleys rejigs management structure

San Francisco-based Cooley Godward is radically overhauling its management structure. The position of managing partner has been scrapped following the resignation of incumbent Lee Benton. In place of Benton, litigation department chair Stephen Neal will become chairman and chief executive officer. Fellow litigator Mark Pitchford will become chief operating officer. Pitchford will be responsible for […]

…and promotes Lippell to head of corporate finance

Leading regional firm Addleshaw Booth & Co is overhauling the management of its corporate finance group. Incumbent Jonathan Shorrock is stepping down in May to be replaced by highly-regarded corporate finance partner Sean Lippell. Shorrock will return to fee-earning full time after three years as manager of the group. He has a range of big-name […]

flexible choices

For those starting out in the law, one of the most difficult issues is the choice of law firm. This is not just a question of specialisation and geographical location but in the long-term firm philosophy on matters such as working hours and flexibility. Here, there are real differences. One of the key issues facing […]

Opinion

Convergence is a buzzword used by many, but not necessarily understood, even by some of those who use it. Essentially, it is the coming together of the media, IT and telecommunications sectors in terms of technology, products, services and markets. We now have interactive television, we can connect to the internet on our mobile phones […]

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