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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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CC penalises equity partners over £200m billings backlog

Equity partners at Clifford Chance will miss out on their quarterly profit payments after creating a lock-up lag of 20 weeks, representing app-roximately £200m in unpaid bills. Lock-up represents the period from time recorded to cash collection, which has lengthened considerably at the firm since its merger. Equity members were due to receive their payments […]

Reynolds Porter alters lockstep pay system

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. […]

Norton Rose takes team for Milan

Norton Rose is opening a new office in Milan with the entire civil team from two-partner firm Studio Legale Vassallie. The civil and criminal practice of Vassallie has split and the 11-lawyer civil group is moving with former managing partner Roberto Cornetta. The new office is due to open in September. The team will also […]

There's more to law than web success

Stuart Clark believes that UK practitioners should be keeping an eye on Australia’s CFA experience. In the past two weeks you could have been forgiven for thinking that the legal world is starting to become a fully fledged business. The news that Gareth Quarry, chief executive of QD, has made £31.8m by reversing his business […]

Case of the week

Eleven years after the death of 96 football fans in the Hillsborough disaster, a jury has failed to reach a decision on whether the senior police chief in charge of the crowd was responsible for the tragedy. David Duckenfield, the former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent was charged with manslaughter. Alun Jones QC, prosecuting, failed […]

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