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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 […]

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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HERBERT Smith has replaced 33 individual fax machines with FaxSwitch, a centralised system. The 30-line system copes with the demands of the 1,000 Herbert Smith employees who send and receive about two million pages of faxes a year. It is made by Hexar, which adapts the system to suit each buyer.

Merged South West practices hunt for eight extra lawyers

Southampton-based firm Woodford & Ackroyd and a larger firm, Trethowans of Salisbury, officially merged today (1 October), to create Trethowan Woodford. The merged firm has immediately announced plans to recruit eight more lawyers and will rank among the top 15 firms in the South West. The appointments will take the practice up to a total […]

In brief: Herbert Smith draws up MoD home leases

Herbert Smith lawyers are drawing up 700 leases on Ministry of Defence married quarters to complete the UK’s largest conveyancing transaction after exchanging contracts this week. The MoD appointed Herbert Smith legal adviser to the controversial £1.6bn sale of 57,000 homes after a beauty parade of six top City firms 18 months ago. About 30 […]

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Berwin Leighton represented Peel Holdings on a £220m lease and bank financing of the development of a regional shopping centre at Trafford Park

Law Soc continues expansion

THE LAW Society looks set to continue an expansion policy which was briefly put on hold during Martin Mears tenure. Letters have been sent to law societies across the country asking them if they would like a regional office in their area. The Law Society, which believes regional offices can reinvigorate areas where societies are […]

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