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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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Mannheimer plunders Vinge for China launch

Swedish firm Mannheimer Swartling has launched in China by raiding local rival Vinge, taking its sole Hong Kong partner Thomas Lagerqvist and Shanghai office head Ulf Ohrling. The practice, to be bolstered by Swedish associates from Mannheimer, will focus on M&A and IP work, while also advising on real estate and dispute resolution. First revealed […]

Wragge & Co: Culture hub

Wragge & Co: Culture hub” />Career paths for young lawyers are at the top of the agenda at Midlands powerhouse Wragge & Co. The HR team, led by director Linda Bellis, developed a career path for every single job offered at the firm following a full review three years ago.Most recently, the team introduced a […]

Hextalls goes stateside in merger quest

City law firm Hextalls is gearing up its search for a US alliance or merger partner following the election of the firm’s new eight-member executive committee. Chief executive Matthew Clark confirmed that he will be visiting the US in the late summer or early autumn to meet with US firms Hextalls is interested in linking […]

Choice cut

Lovells invited a few of the legal press’s best and brightest hacks to a real estate lunch last week for a refresher course on some of the technical bits and bobs of real estate law. To break the ice and get things moving, the Lovells chaps sent out a quiz to the scribes to complete […]

Trowers makes up eight partners

Trowers & Hamlins has promoted eight to its partnership, boosting the firm’s total partnership to 89. The firm promoted two partners each in litigation (Lucy James (left) and Peter Parsons) and housing (Catherine Hunt and Steven Smith). Other promotions included Andrew Sneddon in tax, Jon Kiddle in the Manchester commercial property practice, Chris Pedder in […]

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