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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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Anyone concerned that the current high levels of private equity deals may be trailing off will be reassured by the sighting last weekend of Dickson Minto senior partner Alistair Dickson. Dicko, as he is affectionately known at Tulkinghorn Towers, was sunning himself on the beach near St Andrews. True to form he was barking into […]

Close calls

The role of local councils in improving the country’s infrastructure is being brought into sharp focus by a new Government report and the Lyons Inquiry. Guy Hinchley and Nathan Holden report The Government’s long-awaited proposals for change in local government had originally been earmarked for a summer white paper. However, following the ministerial reshuffle in […]

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McGrigors is making a rare hire from the bar as 18 Red Lion Court silk Jonathan Fisher joins the firm’s tax litigation and regulatory team. Fisher will start work at McGrigors in September, initially as an employed barrister, but later as a partner when he requalifies as a solicitor. He will advise on business crime […]

US firms keep marriages local

Plenty of US firms have taken a leaf out of Reed Smith‘s and Richards Butler’s book as the two firms look to complete their transatlantic merger following a successful partnership vote last month. But instead of a flurry of tie-ups across the pond, the US market is instead being bombarded by national link-ups. Pittsburgh-based law […]

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