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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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Central Europe Special Report: Hungary for success

Hungary’s domestic law firms are seizing the chance to attract the best clients locally in the wake of their larger international counterparts’ exodus. By Nicola Laver Ideally placed as a hub for investors in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Hungary is unique. But while the numerous opportunities for legal firms, both domestic and international, have […]

Cadwalader will not keep any City NQs in spring

US firm Cadwalader Wikersham & Taft will not offer jobs to any of the trainee solicitors who are due to qualify into its London office next spring. Three trainees have been affected by the move, which it is understood has been blamed on market conditions and the rapid expansion of Cadwalader’s UK-based graduate recruitment programme. […]

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Work Life Quiz: Julian James Clark, Holman Fenwick Willan

Holman Fenwick Willan” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/15119_P15_cv.jpg” />What was your first-ever job?Playing keyboards in a five-piece cabaret band on the North of England club ­circuit. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?I managed to avoid that stage, having come into the profession as a barrister. However, when starting my shipping career I was sent on […]

Ashurst moves staff into energy and transport team

Ashurst has redeployed three corporate and three finance junior associates to its energy, transport and infrastructure (ETI) team as the transactional side of its business has slowed down. In contrast to the core corporate team, the ETI team has been very busy in recent months, requiring significant capacity. One Ashurst corporate partner told The Lawyer: […]

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