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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-houser charged with fraud and tax evasion

A New York in-house lawyer has been charged, along with four other men, with bank fraud and income tax evasion as part of a scam to avoid paying monies owed to Chemical Bank and other lenders Sanford Freedman was general counsel for companies that owned, managed and operated Days Inn Hotels. Prosecuting attorney James Comey […]

Garretts begs the City to take on its trainees

Andersen Legal senior partner Williams in last-ditch scramble to save forty-four jobs Andersen Legal managing partner Tony Williams is understood to be trying to secure places for his London trainees with City firms. It looks unlikely that Garretts will secure a firmwide merger and Williams has moved to safeguard his trainees’ futures.Garretts currently has 44 […]

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Clayton Utz shreds evidence and reputation at same time

A paper-shredding scandal likened to a local Enron has rocked Australia’s legal community Australian firm Clayton Utz is at the heart of the scandal, but Mallesons Stephen Jacques and Lovells are also implicated.While the similarities to Enron extend only to the use of an industrial shredder and unrelenting press attention, the case is a disaster […]

Law firm alliances in Ireland

Like royal marriages, it seems that alliances between Irish law firms north and south of the border may not be built to last A&L Goodbody and Elliot Duffy Garrett managed to stay together for almost nine years, but by this year they could no longer paper over the cracks. The dissolution stands as a salutary […]

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