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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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In brief: Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke and alliance partner Graf von Westphalen Fritze & Modest – Germany’s thirteenth largest firm – have merged offices in Frankfurt. Osborne Clarke calls it a significant step in strengthening its alliance with five European firms based in Milan, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Copenhagen and Frankfurt.

Pierce sends CBE back to Number 10

Gareth Pierce, the high-profile solicitor who successfully fought to release the Birmingham Six, the Guildford Four and battered wife Sara Thornton, has rejected her New Year CBE. Pierce, a partner at BM Birnberg & Co, was given the award in the New Year Honours. When awards are made, recipients are informed and expected to accept […]

Landlords' entry rights re-visited

A decision preventing landlords to re-enter property under certain circumstances has been reversed by the Clarence Cafe v Comchester Properties High Court decision last November. Clarence Cafe had leased a pizzeria from Comchester Properties for £40,000 a year to the year 2000. However, it went into administration in March 1998 owing more than £26,000 in […]

Davies Arnold Cooper axes 90 staff in specialisation drive

DAVIES Arnold Cooper (DAC) is making 14 lawyers in its London office redundant, and is closing its corporate department in Manchester. Around 90 staff are being made redundant altogether. The five partners and nine assistants made redundant in London include corporate partners Chris Croft, Anbereen Salamat and Stephen Lane, in addition to two unnamed partners […]

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