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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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Bill Tudor John signs up with Lehman Brothers

Allen & Overy‘s former senior partner has resurfaced at investment bank Lehman Brothers. Bill Tudor John, who lost the position as A&O’s senior partner to head of corporate Guy Beringer in November last year, will become managing director and chairman of the European commitment committee at Lehmans. Tudor John left A&O after 33 years at […]

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Lee Crowder has appointed corporate recovery and insolvency partner Zafar Rafiq from Gateley Wareing’s Leicester office. Bringing to the firm a wide spectrum of experience in liquidations, bankruptcies and receiverships administrations and well-regarded in the Midlands and the North, Rafiq has previously worked for DLA in Sheffield and Leeds. L2Bgroup is believed to have become […]

Linklaters

Linklaters & Alliance advised Development Securities on the £20m sale of the residential part of Paddington Goods Yard Development to St George North London. Norwich Union and Equitable Life are funding the development. Senior assistant solicitor Anne Byrne acted with a three-strong team on the deal. Stepien Lake Gilbert & Paling advised St George, while […]

Norton Rose relaunches Greek office to avoid criminal action

Norton Rose‘s former Greek office has relaunched as a chambers style set-up to avoid criminal proceedings from the Greek authorities. The new legal entity is called Law Office Howard in Association with Norton Rose. All nine lawyers in Law Office Howard are now self-employed. The move is to avoid the legal action faced by 10 […]

The price of advertising

The decision of two-partner personal injury firm Underwoods to spend £350,000 on a primetime ITV advertising campaign last month, raised the prospect of large-scale advertising by UK firms. In the US, 85 per cent of law firms advertise but the UK take-up of the tool has been reticent since advertising rules were relaxed in the […]

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