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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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Dadds gains Druces family team

Gordon Dadds’ family department has regained its place as one of the country’s largest by poaching Druces & Attlee’s two-partner family law group.Druces & Attlee’s head of family Kathryn Peat, partner David Ruck, assistant solicitor Ann Northover and secretarial staff, will all move to Gordon Dadds on 7 June. It is the second coup in […]

Partners on the move…

Mark Haywood moves from Olswang, where he was a senior solicitor in its investment team, to Addleshaw Booth & Co where he was made partner in March this year. Haywood is a specialist in property investments and acquisitions and was recruited by Addleshaws to handle the portfolio of blue-chip property clients in its commercial property […]

English lawyer to head US firm's London office

US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has made English lawyer Paul Griffin the first partner-in-charge of its London office.The appointment of Griffin, 42, comes less than six months after he joined the firm from Ashurst Morris Crisp to head its UK energy and project finance practice.Cadwaladers opened its all-English lawyer London office in late 1997, […]

In brief: Bradford & Bingley Estate Agents

Bradford & Bingley Estate Agents, one of the country’s largest estate agency chains, plans to cut the number of firms handling its conveyancing work from more than 1,000 to fewer than 10. The members of its new panel will be announced in June.

In brief: Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May has made up four partners this year, one less than last year. Gary Eaborn and Graham Earles are both in corporate finance, Helen Griffiths does financing work and Sarah Lee is a commercial litigator.

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