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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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In brief: Pinsents banking head withdraws to Barlows

Neil James, Pinsent Curtis’ London head of banking, has left to join Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. The arrival of James will bring Barlows’ banking team, led by Graham Wedlake, to three partners and six assistants.

Wansbroughs acquires Vaudreys in first step to Beachcrofts merger

NATIONAL firm Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave is to fulfil its long held ambition of gaining a Manchester stronghold by taking over 14-partner insurance specialists Vaudreys. The move, which is the culmination of 18 months of negotiations, has paved the way for a further merger with London firm Beachcroft Stanleys to create a top 10 firm. Wansbroughs […]

A record year – but no time for complacency

This year’s financial figures from the top 50 firms reflect the blissful economic climate most businesses are currently enjoying. There are few surprises. The firms we expected to do well have indeed done so with record fees and profits. Others have performed relatively well, but there is a core of firms which go against the […]

Invasion of the lawyer snatchers is nigh

Mary Heaney finds that the increasing emergence of multidisciplinary partnerships is creating widespread concern among lawyers in the US. The American Bar Association (ABA) may have been slow to get to grips with the threat of the Big Five accountancy firms to the legal profession. But when it did, it was in typical US crusading […]

Russian liability law gets icy reception

Small pay outs and a lack of legal infrastructure make the Russian courts a weak tool in the fight to get personal injury compensation. Alice Lagnado reports. Alice Lagnado is a reporter at the St Petersburg Times. On a Sunday afternoon last March, 12-year-old Ksenya Yuzipchuk was killed just metres from her front door when […]

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