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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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Cobbetts elects Shaw for third term

Manchester firm Cobbetts has re-elected managing partner Michael Shaw for a third term of office. His present term finishes in 2002 but the partners have chosen to re-elect him early for a term of office lasting until April 2005.Shaw has been a partner with the firm since 1984. During his five years as managing partner […]

Pillsbury shifts 80 lawyers from DC to Northern Virginia

US firm Pillsbury Winthrop is relocating the bulk of the lawyers in itsWashington DC office into high-tech Northern Virginia. Historically, the firm has had over 100 lawyers in DC compared with around 10 in Northern Virginia. But now most of those will move over, taking the Northern Virginia practice to around 80 lawyers and DC […]

A view from Tokyo

Japan, the world’s second-largest economy, and Tokyo, one of the world’s major financial centres, has one of the smallest legal communities per capita of any developed country. Until the early 1990s, the economy was almost closed to the foreign community and the main focus of cross-border legal services in Japan related to outward investment. Since […]

Whitefriars housing group

This overhaul of Coventry’s social housing stock takes the value of projects launched under the new project partnering contract PPC 2000 to more than £1bn. The contract was devised by Trowers & Hamlins partner David Mosey and marks a dramatic break with previous practice. Most significantly, the contract covers the entire procurement process and is […]

Barclays slashes law panel from 100 to 25

Barclays Group has completed the second phase of its panel review Barclays Group will today announce the results of the second phase of the review of its external legal function.The business banking lending panel, which is one of the special-purpose panels set up last year, is being cut from 100 firms to around 25.Allen & […]

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