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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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Simmons merges with Nolst Trenité

Simmons & Simmons and Rotterdam-based Nolst Trenité formally merged on 1 May The merger with the Dutch firm makes it the largest UK-based firm in mainland Europe with 200 partners and nearly 1,000 fee-earners. The combined firm will focus on target industries including energy and utilities, transport, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, and technology, media and telecoms.

SJ Berwin shakes up management structure

UK and European growth prompts wholesale overhaul of corporate governance SJ Berwin has overhauled its corporate governance structure to reflect the firm’s rapid UK and European growth.The firm has created a new managing partner role, marking a shift in its longstanding culture of minimal central management.EU and competition partner Ralph Cohen has taken up the […]

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Garretts set to dissolve operations at end of May

Andersen Legal’s UK firm Garretts will close for business at the end of this month A spokesperson for Andersen Legal said: “We’re engaged in consultations with our staff as part of our obligations over transfers of undertakings or potential redundancies. The anticipated date [of dissolution] is 31 May, but that’s still subject to final confirmation.”Last […]

Firms reveal strategies for World Cup fanatics

Biggest sickie in history predicted; Charles Russell uses ‘bacon buttie’ strategy; A&O sits on fence Lawyers were joining in World Cup fever in the only way they know how last week, with a flurry of press releases spelling out the employment law implications of too much football-related fun.Bosses would be liable for workers that came […]

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