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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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Partner attacks Rowe & Maw's retirement policy

Top Rowe & Maw IT partner Michael Webster has attacked the firm’s retirement policy as he prepares to join Nicholson Graham & Jones. Webster, 58, says he is joining Nicholsons’ IP and IT group because Rowe & Maw would not let him continue as an equity partner after April. “Our retirement age is officially 60 […]

Norton Rose's Singapore ally wounded by mass defection

Norton Rose’s Asian arm is reeling after an associated firm in Singapore was decimated by walk-outs. Ally practice Lee & Lee, one of the top firms in Singapore, lost seven partners and up to 10 associates when the entire litigation department left to start a rival firm. Norton Rose, which has 30 lawyers in the […]

Irwin Mitchell partner leads soccer giants

The managing partner of national firm Irwin Mitchell has been appointed chairman of Premier League football club Sheffield Wednesday. Howard Culley claims to be the only practising lawyer at the helm of a major club. He has been a director of the Yorkshire club for five years. Culley says his appointment will not affect Irwin […]

Stanbrook & Hooper expands Brussels office

Partners Marcel Houben, Fred Lukoff and Wang Lei have been poached from rival Brussels firm, Oppenheimer Wolff. Houben is to establish a labour law department, while Lukoff and Wang Lei – a former member of China’s WTO membership negotiating team – join the trade department. Stanbrook & Hooper – which has offices in London, Madrid, […]

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