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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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Top three Spanish firm turns its back on accountants

Top three Spanish firm Gomez-Acebo & Pombo has firmly rebuffed merger app-roaches by the Big Five accountancy firms. The Madrid-based firm has been courted by several accountants, including, it is believed, KPMG, which wants to challenge the dominance of Arthur Andersen’s 590-lawyer firm Garrigues & Andersen. But its senior partner, Ignacio Gomez-Acebo, told The Lawyer […]

CPS publicly acknowledges fees problem for prosecutors

THE Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has publicly admitted it may send lesser- qualified prosecuting barristers into battle against more experienced defence counsel. In a statement issued last week, the CPS acknowledges concern that suitably experienced prosecuting counsel are rejecting briefs because of low fees ‘leaving the CPS little option but to instruct less experienced counsel’. […]

Ex-assistant wins £11k from Dorset practice

Bournemouth firm Fynn & Partners has been ordered to pay out £11,000 to a former assistant unfairly dismissed by the firm in 1995. Anita Dench worked as a property assistant in the Bournemouth office of Penningtons and was made redundant when the office opted to de-merge in 1995, forming Fynn & Partners. In 1996, an […]

A&O/Paris link to stay

Allen & Overy and its Paris ally, Gide Loyrette Nouel, have issued a joint statement stressing that they have no plans to end their association. Last week The Lawyer reported that Gide was considering breaking its links with A&O a move which was confirmed by a ‘spokeswoman’ at the French firm. In the statement, however, […]

Omagh:draconian laws are not the answer

The latest atrocity in Northern Ireland – the Omagh bombing – has justifiably led the Government to recall Parliament to ascertain the appropriate legislative response. Catching the perpetrators of such an outrage and deterring others from committing similar acts is very important at such a delicate stage in Northern Ireland. The government’s reaction is further […]

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