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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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BVC changes in profile

A Bar Council consultation seeking views on radical reforms to the BVC has closed – but any changes are likely to take years to come into effect. The Bar Council launched the consultation in December 2005, giving BVC providers three months to respond to the proposed changes. The key proposals were drawn up by the […]

Debenhams’ return to the LSE ensures saga ends well for all

The story of Debenhams’ move into private hands and its return to the London Stock Exchange in just three years is one of barefaced opportunism, great timing and good management. It is also a story of how one firm’s relationship with a private equity client brought it work worth more than £6bn over just three […]

Beachcroft dumps Wansboroughs for LLP switch

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is set to hire two external non-executive directors as it marks its conversion to LLP status with the formation of a new management board. The firm converted to LLP status on Monday (1 May) and has also changed its name to Beachcroft. The seven-partner management board will make strategy and management decisions and […]

International report

Ropes & Gray began life in 1865 in Boston, Massachusetts. In the 140-odd years since, it has grown to 775 fee-earners – of whom almost a third are equity partners – and opened offices in New York and San Francisco. In January 2001 the firm merged with New York IP outfit Fish & Neave, adding […]

Weightmans profit and turnover rocket

Weightmans has emerged from several years of low profitability with a stunning 25 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) and an 18 per cent income rise. The North West firm is predicting PEP to hit £265,000 following a strong financial year, a rise of 25 per cent from last year’s £211,000. […]

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