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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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Linklaters spearheads Dixons' foreign growth

Linklaters & Alliance and Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein & Company have landed work on Dixons’ first foray into Europe. Rupert Pearce, corporate partner at Linklaters, is leading a team of three lawyers advising Dixons on its £444m purchase of Norwegian retail group Elkjop. Einar Greve, corporate finance partner at Wikborg Rein, provided advice on domestic […]

Advocate put on trial by peers

A leading Scottish defence advocate is himself set to face trial – by his own peers. Donald Findlay QC’s career could be in jeopardy if he is found guilty. Findlay allegedly made anti-Catholic sectarian comments following Rangers’ victory over Celtic in the recent Scottish Cup Final. He then resigned as vice-chairman of Rangers, after being […]

Wilde Sapte plans to relax partner exit rules

Wilde Sapte is reconsidering its controversial rule that only allows two partners a year to leave the firm. Sources say the firm’s board will propose the changes to partners at a meeting at the end of this month. A Wilde Sapte source says the firm’s management is “actively considering” modifying the restriction, which has earned […]

College is profiting from student debt, says TSG

The College of Law has shown a record surplus in the past financial year, drawing protest from the Trainee Solicitors Group that students are being laden with unnecessary debt. In figures just released to the Charity Commission, The College of Law, which is a registered charity, shows a gross income of u29.3m and a gross […]

PwC plans total integration of legal network

Big five accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers is planning to impose a new integrated structure for its entire legal network and a common brand name before the end of the year. The accountancy giant has appointed branding consultancy Interbrand Newell & Sorrell to come up with a single global name for its law firms which include the […]

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