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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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Linklaters plans global practice head elections

Linklaters is poised for partnership elections to appoint three global practice heads The move, which will streamline the firm’s management, is part of a complete overhaul of the firm’s management structure, scheduled for the beginning of May. A new executive committee, chaired by managing partner Tony Angel (left), will report to a 14-partner firmwide board

Marriott Harrison hires Steptoes litigation partner

West End law firm Marriott Harrison has appointed its fourth new partner in 12 months with the hire of litigation partner Franco Barone from Steptoe & Johnson Other partners to have joined in the last year are property partner Andrew Astachnowicz and corporate partners Simon Vivian and Richard Hinchcliffe. Barone specialises in commercial disputes and […]

The Leader Column

A couple of weeks back (11 February) we reported on the news that Slaughter and May was taking an active role in the Government-sponsored report into women’s employment. Along with Simmons & Simmons, Slaughters is one of the few firms to go public on the issue of the gender gap at partner level.Very laudable, but […]

Clarke Willmott slashes entire volume conveyancing practice

South West firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke is making one partner and 34 other staff redundant following the decision to close its loss-making volume conveyancing unit Partner Angela Thompson, one other solicitor, two legal executives and 31 support staff, all based at the firm’s last remaining satellite office at Bridgwater in Somerset, will be made […]

CC, Linklaters in tax row

Clifford Chance is appealing a decision by an Indian tax tribunal that it has underpaid on tax It is part of a wider dispute involving other law firms, including Linklaters, and the Inland Revenue has been in talks with the Indian tax authorities seeking a breakthrough.The Law Society is appealing to the Indian High Commissioner […]

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