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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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McGrigors gains head for Scottish real estate

An internal reorganisation at McGrigors has seen Katharine Hardie become the first head of real estate for Scotland. Previously McGrigors had only a national head, Philip Burroughs, now managing partner for London. The news coincides with two partner and six director level promotions, all effective immediately, which takes the total number of partners to 54 […]

Manchester blighted

Who’d be a Premier League director? Last week vandals, also known as Manchester United FC supporters, redecorated one of the club’s director’s cars. Maurice Watkins, long-time legal adviser to the once-successful outfit, found his Jaguar’s exterior had been repainted in a not unattractive Jackson Pollack style. The attack, for such it was, was naturally and […]

Law firm cover-up

One Sunday recently a relative of Tulkinghorn was out clothes shopping with his daughter. The young female was foraging for her first-ever pair of Doctor Marten boots, a rite of passage that eventually led the gallant duo to North London. More specifically, the crusty market in Camden. There, amid the dreadlocks, Rizlas and bongs, our […]

Simmons overhauls election process

Simmons & Simmons has changed its election process in the run-up to the battle for the managing partner post. The firm has introduced a nominations committee which well-placed sources say is intended to encourage candidates from Simmons’ international network who might otherwise not stand. The composition of the committee has not yet been decided, but […]

Bar Council introduces new leadership

The Bar Council has elected One Crown Office Row silk Guy Mansfield as its new chairman. Mansfield is joined by 6 Pump Court’s Stephen Hockman QC as vice-chair and David Southern of 3 Temple Gardens Tax Chambers as treasurer. The three barristers take up their new roles on January 1 2005. Mansfield replaces Stephen Irwin […]

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