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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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‘Disappointed’ Manches sees profit, revenue dip

Manches’ gross revenues and average profit both dropped last year, its 2004 year-end results reveal. But there has been a dramatic increase in the top of equity as the firm’s new merit element to its distribution system kicks in. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (21 March), turnover dropped only slightly, from £23.8m to £23.5m; but average […]

Barristers rail against Howard

Top human rights barristers are warning that Conservative Party plans to “review or repeal” the Human Rights Act (HRA) could lead a Tory government into conflict with the judiciary. Top human rights barristers are warning that Conservative Party plans to “review or repeal” the Human Rights Act (HRA) could lead a Tory government into conflict with the […]

Ford gets new legal chief

Ford Motor Company has raided the White House to secure a new general counsel to take over from incumbent Dennis Ross. David Leitch, who served most recently as the deputy assistant to George W Bush and the White House’s deputy counsel is joining Ford on Friday (1 April) as the motoring giant’s new general counsel […]

Olswang raids White & Case to bolster TMT team

Olswang has raided White & Case to secure litigation partner Richard Bamforth as the UK firm ramps up its technology and media offering. Bamforth, who specialises in international arbitration and litigation, joins Olswang on Monday 4 April. He leaves White & Case after nearly 10 years at the firm. It is understood that Olswang’s technology […]

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