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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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Lawyers years behind accountants on process and BD, The Lawyer research reveals

People management, process efficiency and business development are the highest priorities for improvement among the UK’s top 200 law firms, The Lawyer’s exclusive research into change management has found. The research published today and contained in a new publication, The Lawyer Management: A Guide to Change, is based on a survey of top 200 partners […]

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FFW snares longstanding Taylor Wessing partner in three-lawyer swoop

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has ratcheted up its City partner recruitment by hiring three lawyers from a trio of firms covering corporate, finance and tax. The most eye-catching of the three is longstanding Taylor Wessing corporate partner David Kent, who heads the firm’s inward investment group in the UK and will keep the same title […]

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Becoming a different legal business

Andrew Chamberlain, head of client delivery You may have read (The Lawyer 18 June) that at Addleshaw Goddard, we’ve recently mapped all our key legal processes. So, why have we done this? My journey started about 5 years ago. As an employment lawyer of many years standing, I’d seen the fee pressure increasing, and the […]

The new law on the protection of employment in France enters into force

The Constitutional Council rendered its decision concerning the new law on the protection of employment in France on 13 June 2013 and ruled that all but one of its provisions were in conformity with the French Constitution. The law was published in the Official Journal on 16 June 2013… If you are registered and logged […]

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