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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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Fear and loathing at Fladgates

Profits are up and the firm will soon be moving to a plush new Mayfair office, but discontent has been running high. If you think you have heard this story before – you have. Fladgate Fielder’s recent history can be described as “Mishcon de Reya: the sequel”. The firms are of a similar size and […]

Sidley & Austin relocates for London growth

Sidley & Austin is moving to new offices at 1 Threadneedle Street this week, in the expectation of doubling its number of fee earners over the next five years. Since setting up the London operation in 1994, the office has grown to 45 fee earners including 10 partners – but the firm says further organic […]

Training for greater autonomy

Professor Ray Wild advises on the options available to lawyers who are seeking to improve their managerial knowledge. Ray Wild is principal of Henley Management College. Lawyers have not been trained as managers, yet for many management has become a significant job requirement. This is why, despite the falling number of managers in traditional roles […]

Cultural keys to China

The Chinese legal system is often based not on what you know but who you know. Jason Daniel writes from Shanghai. Jason Daniel is a solicitor training in Simmons & Simmons’ Shanghai office. My first mistake in coming to China was expecting it to be like Japan. I am familiar with Japan, a country which […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Hilary Meredith

Hilary Meredith was born in Knutsford, Cheshire, in 1959. She is a partner and head of the catastrophic injury department at Donns in Manchester. What was your first job? Holiday rep in Ibiza. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £6,000 pa. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? […]

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