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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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Cameron McKenna loses head of tax to Deloitte & Touche

Cameron McKenna has lost its head of tax to accountancy firm Deloitte & Touche – the second lawyer to quit the top-level post in less than a year. Cameron McKenna is shrugging off the loss and has acted quickly to replace Stephen Charge with corporate tax high-flier Mark Nichols. But the poaching of a top […]

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Russell Jones & Walker is launching the UK’s first occupational disease unit. Simon Allen, managing partner of Russell Jones’ Sheffield office, says that technology and a changing work environment will make it necessary for personal injury firms to reorganise in this way. But rivals are branding it a publicity stunt to try to drum up […]

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Edge Ellison has moved away from lockstep by introducing incentive-based pay for equity partners. The complex system of assessment seeks to reward both ability and performance, says new managing partner Simon Ramshaw. He describes the new system as scientific, rigorous and exacting. “A percentage of partners’ remuneration will be determined by performance in the year […]

Religion's role in child welfare case

A recent case has, for the first time, forced the courts to consider whether religion should be a decisive factor when placing children with foster parents and how far the wishes of the natural parents should be taken into consideration in respect of their children’s religious up-bringing. An eight-year-old girl, known as “N” and who […]

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