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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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Halliwells hires two to replace partner losses

Halliwell Landau is losing a further two partners but is taking on two lawyers to bolster its insolvency practice. Paul Conroy, a property partner who has been with Halliwells for four years, is leaving to join Addleshaw Booth & Co’s Manchester office, just 18 months after being made up to partner. While Andrew Livesey, a […]

College of Law LPC course wins Law Society backing

The College of Law’s new approach to the LPC has won the approval of the Law Society’s Legal Practice Course Board and will be taught from September 2001. The new course has been approved ahead of those formulated by the three providers – Nottingham Law School, the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice and BPP – […]

Norton Rose beats rivals to land easyJet flotation work

Norton Rose advised easyJet on its initial public offering (IPO) after a beauty parade where the firm’s ability to field US counsel shone through. Norton Rose was up against three rivals when it was invited to tender in April for the work to reorganise the group for flotation. It had already acted for easyJet on […]

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Düsseldorf was long regarded by international firms coming into Germany as the second most important office location in the federal German market. But it was a very bad second. Nobody doubted they had to be in Frankfurt, and if time, resources and geographical wit allowed, a London managing partner hoped that they might be able […]

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