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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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Hogan & Hartson partners have voted in favour of creating a new Berlin office with a group of senior Oppenhoff & Rädler lawyers. The move follows discontent among some of the Oppenhoff partners in Berlin because Linklaters & Alliance, which the firm has recently merged with, was mainly interested in the Frankfurt office. The US […]

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Lee Crowder has appointed corporate recovery and insolvency partner Zafar Rafiq from Gateley Wareing’s Leicester office. Bringing to the firm a wide spectrum of experience in liquidations, bankruptcies and receiverships administrations and well-regarded in the Midlands and the North, Rafiq has previously worked for DLA in Sheffield and Leeds. L2Bgroup is believed to have become […]

Nine out of ten law firms have no cover

With less than two weeks to go before the demise of the Solicitor’s Indemnity Fund, market sources say that as few as 10 per cent of firms are signed up for insurance on the open market. Most of the concern is centred on SME-focused firms with 10 to 25 partners, a sector in which there […]

Holmans in Greece loses head

Holman Fenwick & Willan’s Greek office is losing its managing partner to Watson Farley & Williams. John Krzywkowski, who was set to move back to Holman Fenwick’s London office next year, has decided to remain in Piraeus. He is taking shipping partner Jeremy Watson with him. Krzywkowski has already been replaced by Charles Lowe, who […]

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