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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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US firms merge in Euro strategy

Two US firms are to merge and combine their London offices in a bid to expand into Europe. Boston-based firm Bingham Dana LLP and Hebb & Gitlin, based in Connecticut, will merge on 1 July. Jay Zimmerman, managing partner of 325-lawyer firm Bingham Dana, says investment opportunities in Europe prompted the merger, which is part […]

Privatisation full of Eastern promise

Oil prices may be down but firms are increasingly looking to the Middle East as work in power projects and privatisations surges. “Law firms are extremely focused on what is going on in the Middle East and Africa,” says Peter Taylor, projects partner at Clifford Chance. “The Middle East is more immediate than Africa, which […]

St Philip's adds top QC and four juniors to its growing portfolio

The biggest chambers in the UK, St Philip’s Chambers in Birmingham, is continuing its rapid expansion by poaching five barristers from rival sets. The influx is being led by commercial and family silk, Heather Swindells QC, who joins from leading London set 36 Bedford Row. Swindells, a recorder, is founder and chairman of both the […]

…as court rules on regional fees

MANCHESTER law firms were given a boost in the Court of Appeal after judges declared that claimants should use local firms and not London firms in Manchester-based cases. The ruling throws into doubt the ability of London firms to charge London rates in provincial court cases. The court decided that a judge assessing costs in […]

Change of climate

Rumours that the Bar is in crisis are spreading like wildfire. Matheu Swallow looks beyond the gloomy forecasts. By Matheu Swallow Crisis, what crisis? That, at least, is the public response of many barristers practising at the commercial bar. However, statistics from the Commercial Court, gloomy prophecies from the solicitor’s side of the profession and […]

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