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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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The tax avoidance disclosure regime introduced in this year’s budget raised a fresh challenge to legal professional privilege. Peter Nias reports The provisions of the Tax Avoidance Disclosure Regime introduced in this year’s budget are already no stranger to controversy. While the scope of legal professional privilege (LPP) has itself been a matter of some […]

A talent for future talent spotting

Solid succession planning is a sensible way to develop future leaders. Georgina Armytage reveals why Recently there has been a vast amount of discussion on the topic of succession planning in law firms. At what level do you start succession planning? Is it still realistic to plan for talent in the volatile labour market? And […]

Sun Microsystems’ law firms are threatened by cull

Sun Microsystems is slicing its legal advisers in half in a move that will result in around 100 firms being axed. The US IT giant currently has relationships with more than 200 firms, but is seeking to reduce them within the next 12 months by 50 per cent. Sun Microsystems currently instructs a wide range […]

Separated at birth

Cushty. Quelle fromage. You know it makes sense. This time next year, Rodders, we’ll be millionaires. Etc etc. Okay, so these are all Del Boy’s catchphrases, but poor old Cassandra didn’t exactly get many of the best lines in Only Fools and Horses. Maybe that’s why she traded hanging out in Peckham for the glamour […]

BAE Systems director moves to Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird has scooped the group legal director of BAE Systems’ finance and treasury team to lead and build its international aviation and aerospace team. Paul Briggs will manage the group together with Brussels-based partner Catherine Erkelens. The firm has aviation lawyers in Belgium, France, Germany and Hong Kong. Briggs has been given a […]

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