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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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As London and New York lose their status as leading financial centres, Peter Bubenzer asks: should offshore firms look to pastures new? With the evident rise of the Brazil, Russia, India and China (Bric) economies, it is apparent that there are ­significant opportunities for international law firms in non-traditional markets. The question is how to […]

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Tulkinghorn thought his readers would like an update on how his ­Movember Moustache Team was getting on. Itchy & scratchy Tulkinghorn thought his readers would like an update on how his ­Movember Moustache Team was getting on. As the readers can see, the first week is the hardest. But please sponsor the ’taches, which are […]

Howrey, Reed Smith snap up Thelen teams

Howrey and Reed Smith have become the latest US firms to acquire remnants of collapsed firm Thelen. Howrey confirmed today (Wednesday 12 November) that it was acquiring the bulk of Thelen’s construction practice, including former Thelen chairman Stephen O’Neal, with the majority of the 40-plus lawyer group based in San Francisco and Washington, DC. Howrey […]

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Jobless lawyers thrown holiday lifeline

Lawyers have been offered a discount on around-the-world trips if they prove they have been made redundant. Dragoman, a Suffolk-based travel company, has spotted a gap in the market and said that it will give 10 per cent off its holidays for anybody showing their P45 to its sales reps. Managing director Adam Dixon-Smith said: […]

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