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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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KPMG dumps Dutch legal arm as £12m handout goes down the drain

KPMG is reducing its legal capability in the Netherlands after pulling the plug on loans of millions of euros to its Dutch legal practice Steins Bisschop Meijburg & Co The Lawyer understands that KPMG lent the firm more than e20m (£12.25m) under a 1999 agreement, entered into when the legal practice was launched. The money […]

Mediate action

Mediation is not always the best solution. Michel Kallipetis QC and Colin Manning describe how the Court of Appeal’s process needs to change if it is to become standard practice On 20 March 2002, the Lord Chancellor’s Department published a further report in its Research Series entitled “Alternative Dispute Resolution in Commercial Cases and in […]

The Leader Column

Cast your mind back to 2000 and consider the merger talks between Ashurst Morris Crisp and Latham & Watkins. Comic, isn’t it? Goodness knows who thought the merger would have made sense, especially since both firms are protective to the point of obsession about their culture. Here’s Ashursts – hugely traditional, overwhelmingly male and utterly […]

Carphone Warehouse moves to Osborne Clarke with Bott

Olswang former head of corporate Adrian Bott is moving to Osborne Clarke, taking Europe’s largest mobile phone retailer, Carphone Warehouse, with him as a client Bott was Carphone Warehouse’s main adviser at Olswang. He has had personal assurance from Carphone Warehouse director Charles Dunstone that the client will follow him when he joins Osborne Clarke’s […]

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