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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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Kaye Scholer raids Schulte’s tax team

The London office of US firm Kaye Scholer has left arch-rival Schulte Roth & Zabel with only one lawyer in its London tax practice after poaching associate Daniel Lewin as a partner. Lewin, who focuses on specialist investment funds and other investment vehicles, joins Kaye Scholer in mid-July, bringing the number of partners there to […]

Rowe Cohen pair create PI boutique

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Weil hike sees newly-qualifieds pocket £90K

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RPC misses target after ‘difficult year’

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has failed to hit its projected £55m turnover, posting a flat result for 2006-07 of £52.9m. Average profit per equity partner at the all-equity partnership (one of the few left in the City) was also virtually flat, rising by less than £10,000 per partner, from £286,000 to £295,000. Chief executive Adrian […]

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