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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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Outgoing DWS partners win the right to vote on new management

The Eleven departing Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) media and IP partners have been cleared to vote in the forthcoming management elections after the firm went to counsel to clarify its position. DWS sought clarification as to whether the team, which quit for DLA in October, was able to vote after the partners had indicated their […]

Firm profile: Stephens & Scown

Anyone who has holidayed in the South West will testify that there is something strangely, and attractively, remote about Devon and Cornwall. The relatively short distances between towns such as Exeter and Truro can take on epic proportions, especial… Managing partner: Ian PawleyTurnover: £10mTotal number of partners: 33Total number of lawyers: 52Main practice area: Commercial […]

Hailsham Chambers wins 6 Pump Court team

Six tenants from Kieran Coonan QC’s 6 Pump Court have joined Hailsham Chambers, bolstering its professional negligence and medical practices.Three of them – Andrew Post, Alexander Hutton and Roger Mallalieu – also specialise in legal costs litigation, a key area of 6 Pump Court’s work.Also joining is former Shepherd + Wedderburn assistant Fiona Patterson who […]

Dial hectic

Oh the joys of a telephone switchboard. Last week Tulkinghorn found himself tumbling down an Alice in Wonderland-style communications rabbit-hole after being cut off when trying to contact a partner. Dazed, confused and disorientated, Tulkinghorn suddenly popped up, undetected, in an Allen & Overy conference call. Not usually one to earwig, Tulkinghorn nevertheless found it […]

DLA goes galactic

Matheu Swallow, deputy editor It’s no good, we’ve failed. As hard as we’ve tried (and believe me, we’ve tried) we just couldn’t do it. Despite devoting the newsdesk’s not inconsiderable efforts to the task of finding a dissenting voice at DLA over its transatlantic merger (on press day to boot), we just couldn’t find anyone […]

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