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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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Mayhew – whose City links include Chair of the Policy And Resources Committee of the Corporation of London – will advise on relations between the public and private sector. A former Chairman of the Corporation of London’s Education Committee, Mayhew will also advise the firm on recruitment, education and training initiatives – including its relationship […]

Law Society too quick to call time at the bar

Michael Martin was one of the wealthiest men at the bar and he wasn’t even a barrister. As senior clerk at Cloisters chambers, he earned a small fortune because his remuneration was a percentage of fees earned by tenants at the public law set. Martin was the last of a dying breed. Few clerks continue […]

Thompsons does Woolf cull U-turn

Leading personal injury firm Thompsons has promoted four partners to equity status, just eight months after culling 11 partners in preparation for the Woolf reforms. The firm asked for the resignation of a fifth of its partnership in March this year, saying an internal Woolf group had concluded the firm’s employment structure was top-heavy. But […]

New department heads for Lawrence Tucketts

Jonathan Hoey, who has been made up to partner, replaces Judith Brown as head of the 12-strong recoveries team. Brown has moved over to head up the dispute resolution group. Associate, David Bird has been made head of the tax and estate planning team, replacing Dr Anne Burrows who retires next Spring. Head of the […]

Loyens & Volkmaars unveils details of tie-up with Loeffs

Dutch firm Loyens & Volkmaars has revealed details of its merger with the Rotterdam office of Loeff Claeys Verbeke – the firm which was split apart by the decision of some of its partners to merge with Allen & Overy. Bert Westendorp, managing partner of tax specialist Loyens & Volkmaars, is set to become the […]

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