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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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The Solicitors European Group has chosen York as the site for its annual conference next year. The event, to be held on 7 and 8 June, will address issues of growing importance to EU lawyers, such as the implications of EU law and policy for the IT industry and regulated industries. Speakers from across the […]

Rosen got it wrong

I take issue with Arnold Rosen’s allegation in Viewpoint on 24 October that I have been disloyal to the Law Society, to the profession and to the public interest. His allegation is inaccurate, scurrilous and unworthy. It is possibly predictable in view of his track record as a biased and mudslinging critic of the SCB. […]

Firms cool over US bid for City work

TOP City firms have stayed cool over the US firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ bid for a slice of London’s legal work, despite some of their best lawyers being targeted by the firm’s recruitment drive. Weil Gotshal, which enjoys per-partner profits of up to $750,000 in the US, is also expected to offer competitive salaries […]

Sharpen up your Image

Barry Semark gives advice on how to make your corporate literature aesthetically appealing Lawyers, like most professionals, probably do not consider themselves dull, boring and grey, but take a look at their corporate literature and that is the image that many are presenting to their clients, peers and potential employees. Few brochures project the profession […]

Australian first

Allen Allen & Hemsley’s chair of partners, John Lehane, has been named as the first non-advocate to be appointed as an Australian Federal Court judge. Lehane, a commercial and corporate solicitor, worked in AA&H’s London office from 1984-86 and served a three-year term as managing partner. He is a part-time lecturer at the University of […]

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