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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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BAT counsel to join Debenhams

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Olswang fee income up by 40 per cent

Olswang has reported a 40 per cent growth in fee income for the past financial year, making it second only to Garretts of all the law firms that have reported growth rates this year. This is the first time the 16-year-old firm has reported fee income growth. Olswang marketing director Kim Tasso said that the […]

In brief: Get in at The Sharp End – for charity

There is still time to buy the original drawings for The Lawyer’s popular cartoon The Sharp End while at the same time helping a children’s charity. Fran Orford, the cartoon’s creator, is putting the originals up for sale, and donating the proceeds of the sale to charity. So far he has raised £200. For more […]

Lawyers get help in handling aggression

Local government lawyers are to receive training on how to deal with difficult people following complaints by solicitors of widespread aggression against them by both the public and work colleagues. The courses are to be run by the Law Society Local Government Group (LGG) in response to the requests of more than 20 solicitors attending […]

Linklaters' Thai office thrown into doubt

Linklaters & Paines is planning to open an office in Thailand – but the move has been jeopardised by the economic crisis in the country. Linklaters managing partner Terence Kyle said his firm had been looking at an office in Thailand for quite some time but was now deciding whether it would still be viable. […]

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