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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 […]

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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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Simmons loses two IP heads to Kilpatrick

Simmons & Simmons has been hit with the double loss of its London and New York IP heads to Kilpatrick Stockton. Helen Newman, who has been a partner with Simmons since 1985, is joining Kilpatrick Stockton’s London office while Christopher Woods, a partner since 1993, will move to the US firm’s soon to open New […]

First female managing partner for Gorvins

Stockport firm Gorvins has appointed its first ever female managing partner. Lorraine Lockie, currently the 16-partner firm’s joint head of commercial property, is taking over from Andrew Callaghan. As well as being the first woman to lead Gorvins, Lockie was also the firm’s first female senior associate when she joined from Eversheds in 1998, and […]

Willoughby’s future is bright with Orange

IP boutique Willoughby & Partners last week found itself at the centre of the Orange-EasyGroup spat over the use of the colour orange in EasyMobile’s trademark. Willoughby partner Shireen Peermohamed advised Orange when it wrote to EasyGroup stating that it held the trademark for the colour orange relating to mobile phones. Willoughby alumni Sulina Connal […]

Lovells triumphs on nine-year pro bono case

Lovells has won a criminal injuries claim for a pro bono client nine years after the client’s husband was killed by their mentally incapacitated son. The client, who has pursued a claim for criminal injuries compensation since 1995, was originally denied an award. Lovells lawyer David Vince and trainee David Hartley assisted an oral hearing […]

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