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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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Irwin Mitchell considers Manchester office as part of North West strategy

Irwin Mitchell is planning to expand into the North West with a new Manchester office. The firm hopes to have a base open in the city by spring this year. However, it will be manned by existing Irwin Mitchell lawyers for the time being. Managing partner Howard Culley told The Lawyer: “We’re giving it consideration, having […]

Thompsons faces threat of strike action as staff reject two pay offers

Fee-earners and staff at trade union firm Thompsons are to vote on strike action after rejecting two pay offers from the firm. Thompsons had originally offered a 4 per cent wage increase, but a first ballot of GMB members, including solicitors, legal executives and administrative managers and staff, rejected the offer. A second ballot offering […]

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Slaughters partner transfers to the Takeover Panel

Slaughter and May corporate partner David Watkins has been seconded to the Takeover Panel to take up the role of assistant secretary. Watkins has replaced Selina Sagayam, who is set to return to Simmons & Simmons after serving out two years at the Takeover Panel. In the role, Watkins will work closely with the director […]

CC banking associates receive time off in lieu

Associates at Clifford Chance are being given days off in lieu as compensation for working into the early hours on deals. The initiative has been implemented by the firm’s banking practice and is not extended to associates across the rest of the firm. At a time when associates’ pay and conditions have been hitting the […]

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