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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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Thomas Eggar in lockstep overhaul

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Land craft

Jean Bursle and Matthew Edwards report on how the Australian property market and the recognition of native title have found some middle ground It took the Australian legal system more than 200 years to recognise the existence of basic indigenous property rights in the form of native title. In the 12 years since the High […]

Giving up the smoke

Leaving the City is on many lawyers’ minds during the summer. Jonathan Kay reports on two who did Once seen as the last move of a retiring partner, the exodus out of the City is now accelerating, fuelled partially by the large regional firms’ perceived resilience to recession. Billing rates and increasing expertise, added to […]

US firms circle Ashurst as Shearman and Debevoise lure away top players

US firms have turned their acquisitive attentions to Ashurst as, in a shock move, former managing partner Ian Nisse moves to Shearman & Sterling and Jeremy Hill, head of the financial institutions, products and services group, prepares to join Debevoise & Plimpton. The two senior partner defections have hit Ashurst just days after the Paris […]

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Adam Cowell – 1 October 1963-29 July 2004

The sudden death of Adam Cowell on 29 July at the age of 40 marks the loss of one of the profession’s leading business crime lawyers. In his six years as a partner in the London office of Irwin Mitchell, Cowell established himself as one of the top lawyers in the country, representing defendants in […]

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