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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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Spain’s Ramón & Cajal bulks up to align with alliance partner MBRM

Spanish firm Ramón & Cajal Abogados has boosted its corporate, litigation and labour law practices to help service its new alliance with Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM). MBRM entered a strategic alliance with Ramón in February this year. The US firm also has an alliance with Rome-based Tonucci & Partners. Ramón has lured Jose […]

DAC reports underwhelming PEP growth

Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has seen average profit per equity partner (PEP) nudge up by just 4 per cent this year, an indication that the downturn in legal action continues to hit the litigation-focused firm. The firm’s PEP comes in at £345,000, up from £333,000, while turnover increased by 5 per cent to £32m. Net […]

Trainees get their way

You might think that when you join a law firm you’re the smallest cog in a very large machine. But trainees have a bit more of a voice than you might think. Look at what’s just happened at national firm Addleshaw Goddard. As all the big City names like Clifford Chance and Linklaters were announcing […]

How to upset 36,000 lawyers at a stroke

There are cock-ups and there are cock-ups. And then, there are cock-ups that overcharge 36,000 lawyers. See story. The Solicitors’ Regulation Authority, which only launched in January, has done its utmost to win friends and influence the profession since its inception. But it pulled off a masterstroke when it charged 36,000 solicitors too much on […]

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