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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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In brief: Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May has made up four partners this year, one less than last year. Gary Eaborn and Graham Earles are both in corporate finance, Helen Griffiths does financing work and Sarah Lee is a commercial litigator.

IT partner heads for Field Fisher

Field Fisher Waterhouse has poached Osborne Clarke IT partner Nigel Wildish.Wildish joins Field Fisher as a partner in the firm’s IT & online law group. His recruitment follows the firm’s capture of SJ Berwin’s trademark and designs group, revealed in The Lawyer (22 March).Wildish will be working with technology companies providing a one-stop-shop for outsourcing, […]

In brief: Insurance and plaintiff lawyers

Insurance and plaintiff lawyers are struggling to agree on a joint experts list, as firms try to keep the names of their experts secret from each other. The Forum of Insurance Lawyers and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers meet on Tuesday, in an attempt to thrash out a joint national list.

Dickinson Dees' expansion plans take it across the Tyne

Dickinson Dees has revealed plans to expand across the Tyne river to Gateshead from its new Quayside premises in Newcastle upon Tyne.The firm says there are “considerable” opportunities for regional public sector work, and five of its nine new associate appointments are to property and commercial groups.The firm hopes to attract a further 25 lawyers […]

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