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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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Cleary Gottlieb appoints new managing partner

Corporate lawyer, Karasz – who joined the firm in 1967 – replaces Ned Stiles who held the post for 12 years. Karasz ran the firm’s Paris office for five years and more recently has been concentrating on transnational joint venture schemes in the US, Latin America and Europe. He has worked extensively on cross-border transactions […]

Beachcroft Wansbroughs wins in Railtrack review

Railtrack has completed a review of its litigation panel, dropping Cardiff-based Hugh James Ford Simey in favour of Beachcroft Wansbroughs. Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of two Bristol firms chosen for the panel. For the tri-annual review, completed at the end of March, all firms from the existing panel were invited to tender. Those that will […]

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Changing Rooms presenter Elizabeth Wagstaff could soon be swapping her swags and swatches for an empty cell after admitting to conning friends and colleagues from the popular television show out of £54,000 by telling them that she had terminal cancer and needed urgent treatment. In reality, 38-year-old Wagstaff of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, was suffering from water […]

Beloff will join Matrix in a year

Leading silk Michael Beloff QC has finally decided to join Matrix Chambers, but only after he has seen through the merger at his current set. As revealed exclusively in The Lawyer (17 January) Beloff, currently a tenant and former head of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, had been invited to join the new human rights set […]

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