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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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Threadneedle legal head jumps ship to BGI

Threadneedle Investments has lost its legal chief to the asset management arm of Barclays Bank. Tom O’Connor has joined Barclays Global Investors (BGI) as head of legal for Europe. In his new role, O’Connor will report to Duncan Walker, BGI’s head of products, services and regulatory affairs, Europe. O’Connor joined Threadneedle, which was sold off […]

James Chapman sweating over Man Utd in-house hire

Manchester United FC’s principal legal adviser James Chapman & Co is on tenterhooks as it awaits the appointment of the club’s first in-house lawyer. Manchester United FC’s principal legal adviser James Chapman & Co is on tenterhooks as it awaits the appointment of the club’s first in-house lawyer. Man Utd, which was recently taken over by US sports tycoon […]

Cobbetts adds seven new partners

Cobbetts has promoted seven associates to partner, lifting the total number of partners in the firm to 147. The promotions are primarily in Manchester, but cover the firm’s main practice areas. Catherine Haslam and Kate Bouchier both become property partners in Manchester, while Ed Frankland and Rob Turner have been made up in the litigation […]

Careers: People

Midlands firm Heatons Solicitors has recruited Birmingham corporate specialist Helen Gasser to join the corporate finance team. Gasser joins from Eversheds in Birmingham. Leeds firm Lee & Priestley has appointed a new solicitor to the employment department. Farha Leadbetter joins from the Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (Aire) Centre, where she provided specialist advice […]

Endeavour Partnership invents fee scheme to help the NSPCC

North East firm the Endeavour Partnership has joined forces with the NSPCC in a novel fundraising scheme. The firm was approached by the Institute of Directors, which sponsors the NSPCC, to back the charity, but instead came up with a new way of supporting the group and its projects, which involves splitting fees on selected […]

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