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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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Olswang lowers trainee recruitment and retention

Olswang is cutting down on trainee recruitment and retention, bucking the general trend among law firms to keep these figures static. This year the firm is keeping only half of its trainees who have just qualified.A survey of 20 leading national firms conducted by The Lawyer found that, in general, firms have not changed the […]

UBS Warburg fills head of Europe role

UBS Warburg is hiring a European general counsel. The post has been vacant for nearly a year. Sally James is returning to the department after a spell as a bursar at the University of Cambridge, before which she was deputy head of legal for Swiss Bank Corporation, which merged with UBS in 1998.She is filling […]

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City firms to assist Foreign Office in pro bono drive

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) will contact UK lawyers this week and ask them to join a new panel giving pro bono advice to British prisoners overseas. The scheme has already been showcased to members of the Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group (SPBG), including all the magic circle firms.Lawyers will be asked to give the […]

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