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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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Reynolds Porter Chamberlain is changing its lockstep to include a modified system for the first time. The 50-partner insurance specialist previously had a 2:1 spread that saw partners gradually move up to plateau level after 14 years. Reynolds Porter has now introduced levels within the spread where the performance of the partners must be assessed. […]

Davis Polk man quits for Morgan Stanley

Davis Polk & Wardwell is losing one of its London partners to investment banking client Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Thomas Reid is to become managing director in the corporate finance services department of Davis Polk’s investment banking division in Europe, focusing on IPOs and other capital markets products. While at Davis Polk in London Reid […]

Wrigleys merges with Malcolm Lynch

Leading private client firm Wrigleys has propelled itself up the league tables by merging with niche charity specialist Malcolm Lynch. The newly created practice now planning to compete with major London charity firms such as Bates Wells & Braithwaite, Farrer & Co and Paisner & Co. Leeds-based Wrigleys was created in 1996 when Dibb Lupton […]

First-name terms give partners better returns

Every law firm is in the “people business” and those who fail to identify that are holding themselves back for the future. Interpersonal relat-ionships are absolutely fundamental. This means that partners and those in authority need to be approach- able and positive, and display the best of human characteristics. This may mean breaking down some […]

Simpson Thacher hires two partners from Shearmans

Shearman & Sterling‘s Silicon Valley expansion plans have suffered a setback with two of the firm’s top partners leaving for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. William Hinman, who was Shearmans’ managing partner in San Francisco and Menlo Park, and business finance partner Kevin Kennedy are leaving for the rival New York firm. Shearmans has significantly increased […]

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