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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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Ashursts adds Andersens partner to Frankfurt office

Ashurst Morris Crisp has taken on Andersen Legal’s senior tax partner in a move to bolster its Frankfurt office. Dr Klaus E Herkenroth, who was with Andersens in Frankfurt for only eight months, joined Ashursts on 15 April. Herkenroth’s arrival coincides with the appointment of Dr Wulf Merkel, a senior lawyer specialising in mergers and […]

Slaughters embraces marketing

Slaughter and May is understood to be close to setting up its own marketing department. It is believed that Adrian Pane, a specialist from the Cranfield School of Management, has recently visited the firm to discuss how it could approach the area. The business development manager at a large UK practice claims she was recently […]

Nigel West

Nigel West has been cast into the limelight as Theodore Goddard’s head of banking – and he’s not a lawyer. Dearbiall Jordan finds out how he thinks he’ll fit in Nigel West is a mass of contradictions. On the one hand, the new head of banking at Theodore Goddard is clearly excited about being promoted […]

In brief: The Law Society

The Law Society council has voted to appoint a director general to head the society. The new figurehead will be the public face of the society and will take a role in policy formation. The council deferred a decision on whether the new role should be filled by a solicitor.

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Law Society council votes to pay its members

Law Society council members have voted to pay themselves for time spent in meetings, ignoring warnings that the move will deepen the council’s unpopularity within the profession. At a full council meeting, vice-president Robert Sayer pleaded with members to reject the idea, claiming the timing for such a move was wrong. He said: “I have […]

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