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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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Web week

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com. •Hit for 666Our favourite blawg of the moment still does not disappoint, with honeytraps, identity theft, deception […]

Offshore firm splits in two

Guernsey firm Collas Day has split into two following an ongoing dispute over the future direction of the firm. Litigation partners Mark Ferbrache and Paul Richardson have broken away to form a rival Guernsey-based firm under the name AFR Advocates. The split leaves Collas Day, which previously had eight partners, significantly reduced. The firm confirmed […]

Ince puts spotlight on capital in latest round

Ince & Co‘s London office has picked up six of the seven firmwide partnership promotions following a barren round this time last year. The six City senior associates will be made up on 1 May, boosting the partnership to 78. The seventh promotion will take place in the firm’s Shanghai office. Three of the new […]

Pinsents issues diversity policy edict to suppliers

Pinsent Masons has become one of the first law firms to expand its diversity push to cover its suppliers, demanding that they conform to the firm’s own policy. The firm’s major suppliers of IT and telecoms are the first to be targeted and the firm’s chief outsourcing partner Exigent has already signed up to the […]

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