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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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As the arrest of BetOnSports’ former chief executive David Carruthers continues to send shockwaves through the online gaming industry, a split has emerged in the investment banking and legal communities. There are those banks and firms that fall into the Skadden and Credit Suisse camp and those occupying the Freshfields and HSBC camp. As we […]

Pinsents regional chief embarks upon rebuilding Manchester

Pinsent Masons‘ Manchester office has seen it all in the past 12 months, including partner defections, a hiring spree and a refocus of firm strategy. But where some people see turbulent times, regional head Carl Garvie sees opportunities. In the past two weeks Garvie secured the hire of highly rated corporate partner Stephen Levy from […]

Freeth Cartwright modifies ‘confusing’ remuneration system

Freeth Cartwright has overhauled its remuneration system after realising that partners found it baffling. The firm is sticking with a principally merit-based system, but has dumped its seniority weighting element in favour of an alternative that makes it possible for a new equity partner to be the firm’s highest earner within five years. Chairman Colin Flanagan […]

Law Soc slams government plans for fraud trials

The Law Society and solicitors have hit out at new government proposals suggesting that judges be allowed to dismiss defendants’ advisers in very high cost fraud trials. The proposal was made in a Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) consultation paper published last week (4 August) on judicial powers to manage conflict of interest and capacity […]

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