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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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20 Essex Street silk to sit on Scottish bench

20 Essex Street’s Angus Glennie QC has been appointed to the Scottish bench. 20 Essex Street’s Angus Glennie QC has been appointed to the Scottish bench. Glennie will sit in the Outer House of the Court of Session in Edinburgh on civil business and in the High Court for criminal cases. He will be joined […]

Halliwells Liverpool hires DLA Piper partner

Halliwells has made its first lateral hire in Liverpool since merging with local firm Cuff Roberts at the beginning of the year. Corporate partner Paul Jefferson joins Halliwells from DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary’s Liverpool office, where he has been a partner for the past five years. His departure is the first UK loss for […]

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Government must address questions of clarity and responsibility before ID cards will be accepted The Government argues that the Identity Cards Bill is essential in order to adequately manage national security and prevent identity fraud. But is this really the case? Many EU countries do have a compulsory identity card scheme and yet there is […]

Linklaters gets settled into New York with hiring spree

Linklaters‘ hire last week of investment fund partner Scott Bowie from Latham & Watkins marked the tenth lateral hire into the magic circle firm’s New York office in the space of 18 months. That is some turnaround. Linklaters’ US headhunters have made a good fist of selling the firm after a period of turbulence two […]

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