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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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SOLE practitioners are better placed to win franchises than the larger law firms, a leading figure in the Sole Practitioners Group has claimed. A distinctly pro-franchising stance has been adopted by John Lymbury, vice-chair of the SPG, whose Nottingham firm is in the process of applying for a franchise. Lymbury, who also supports the Law […]

National versus regional in the American fees battle

If cost-cutting is the order of the day in the legal world, many US general counsel have not heard it. Instead they say they are consolidating business to fewer law firms, requiring firms to budget on projects, focusing on stronger relationships with those firms and spending their legal dollars more wisely than in past years. […]

Wrong answer, wrong question

‘Mears takes up Rights of Audience Gauntlet’ (The Lawyer 6 February) is the latest round in the seemingly endless Bar Wars between solicitors and barristers. City firms are still complaining that the rules for solicitors to qualify as advocates are too restrictive and Mr Mears wants a “level playing field” with the Bar. These attempts […]

Financings

Ashurst Morris Crisp is acting for NationsBank Corporation in connection with the waiver of its option rights and rights of pre-emption in relation to the recommended cash offer to be made by National Westminster Bank for the entire issued share capital of Gartmore, valuing Gartmore at £472 million. NatWest was represented by Linklaters & Paines, […]

In brief: Law firm management conference

Delegates at a conference on law firm management will look at the workings of the new Price Waterhouse legal practice. Among other speakers at ‘Radically Reshaping Management’, being held in London in May, will be Chris Arnheim, a former partner at Hammond Suddards and founding partner of Arnheim & Co, the UK member of a […]

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