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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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First chief exec for family lawyers

Legal Action Group director Karen Mackay appointed to new role at Solicitors Family Law Association after management review The current director of the Legal Action Group Karen Mackay has been appointed as the Solicitors Family Law Association’s (SFLA) first chief executive. The appointment follows a management review carried out for the SFLA last year. Mackay […]

Freshfields, Norton Rose, Lovells finalise Tube PPP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Lovells and Norton Rose have finally completed most of the London Underground public-private partnership (PPP) work on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines’ infrastructure. It is one of the most high-profile and complex PPPs to date and the largest to complete in 2002. Lovells acted for the Tube Lines consortium, consisting of […]

Wessing turnover up 10 per cent

The German half of Taylor Wessing has posted a 10 per cent increase in turnover for the 2002 calendar year, to £44m The legacy Wessing equity partnership saw profits remain the same as 2001 at £250,000 per equity partner. Wessing formally merged with City firm Taylor Joynson Garrett (TJG) in September last year, but the […]

Pillsbury hires first UK-qualified partner

US FIRM Pillsbury Winthrop has hired technology partner Ashley Winton from Osborne Clarke’s Reading office as its first UK-qualified partner in London The appointment is Pillsbury’s first significant move to bolster London as it pursues its dual strategy of making lateral hires while seeking a UK merger partner. Pillsbury London managing partner Dave Snyder told […]

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