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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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7 Bedford Row loses Owen

Chris Owen, 7 Bedford Row’s highly respected senior clerk, is leaving the set and may quit the profession entirely. Owen says: “Although I’ve had a very happy 12 years in these chambers, after 21 years as a senior clerk it’s time to seek fresh challenges. I’m pleased to have chambers’ support and that is why […]

Brief encounter: Burness

Burness has, along with many other firms throughout Scotland and the UK, had a strong period of growth in 2000 and is optimistic as to what 2001 has to bring. But in other ways the firm differs from the crowd. Its managing partner Alan Stewart was the former head of legal at Clydesdale, and apart […]

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK

Allied Domecq slashes in-house legal team Allied Domecq slashed its legal team in half just months after it sold its pub retail arm for £2.7bn to Punch Taverns and relocated a division of its legal team from its London head office to Bristol. The news of the cuts coincided with the announcement that Russell Kelley, […]

Simmons to export rail capability

Simmons & Simmons has consolidated its position in the rail sector with an appointment to advise the Republic of Ireland on the policy framework for a IR£4.5bn (£3.6bn) Public Private Partnership (PPP). Simmons & Simmons won the work as part of a consortium led by Ernst & Young, which included WS Atkins, Fitzpatrick Associates and […]

A VIEW FROM MADRID

Over the past year or so there has been an increasing number of international firms moving into Spain. Mobility among lawyers is on the up and the recruitment of high-calibre practitioners is becoming increasingly difficult. The Spanish legal market has become more attractive to major legal firms in the past few years. Simmons & Simmons, […]

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