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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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Vectura

KLegal corporate partner Patrick Martin boasts private equity fund Merlin as one of his biggest clients, and it has moved with him from Pinsent Curtis to Price Waterhouse’s law firm Arnheim & Co, and from there to KLegal. Merlin became one of the founding investors in Bath-based drug delivery company Vectura in 1997, and Martin […]

Freshfields fees set to soar

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer could push Linklaters & Alliance into third place for turnover this year for the first time ever. Boosted by the merger with Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber in August last year, Freshfields expects its gross fees to rocket to more than £600m for the year 2000-2001. That is more than a 50 per […]

Holland & Knight gets closer to target size with NY merger

Florida firm Holland & Knight, one of the 10 largest US firms, is merging with New York practice Gilbert Segall and Young. The merger increases the firm’s lawyer count to 130 in New York and gives it its first presence in Europe through Gilbert Segall’s Finland office. Gilbert Segall is a 30-lawyer firm focusing on […]

Non fee-earner wins SJ Berwin partnership

SJ Berwin has taken the unusual step of appointing a non fee-earning partner. Head of knowledge management Simon Witney has been promoted to the partnership along with six other fee-earners in London. Witney became the firm’s first head of knowledge management in January 2000. He was previously a fee-earner in corporate finance. Witney says: “This […]

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