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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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Testing times

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Homing instinct: Gordon Moir, GHA

From eviction disputes to giving residents a greater say in housing issues, GHA company secretary Gordon Moir is relishing the challenges of his latest role. Andrew Pugh reports Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) company secretary Gordon Moir returned to his native Scotland last year after more than a decade working in the City. While the move […]

Optimism as Addleshaws unfreezes salaries

Addleshaw Goddard has restructured its non-partner bonus arrangement after nobody received the payment last year and, in a sign of greater optimism, has also ended a two-year salary freeze. The firm has introduced a discretionary bonus award for exceptional performance. The pool was calculated at 40 per cent of the amount that would have been […]

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Links lends brollies to wannabe lawyers

Linklaters is looking to add some innovation to the law fair giveaway season by lending umbrellas to students rather than loading them up with freebies. As part of this year’s milk-round, the magic circle firm will be offering students the chance to ’borrow a brolly’, having in the past handed out items such as stationery […]

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