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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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Martyn Gowar: Caretaker of a princess' estate

Philip Hoult talks to Martyn Gowar, the Lawrence Graham senior partner who found himself thrust into a media spotlight. While the media persists in referring to lawyers as “fat cats”, Martin Gowar, a solicitor they once vigorously pursued, is quite happy to label journalists as “intellectually lazy”. Gowar, the genial, sports-mad senior partner of City […]

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Cliff McAuley and Richard Hopkinson-Woolley of Clifford Chance advised Prestbury Group on the u1m-a-year letting of the Surrey Quays Retail Park to a continental sports retailer. The site will become the country’s largest sports superstore.

A set with vision needs a professional IT eye

About a year ago Hardwicke Building recognised the need to have its own in-house IT manager. The set wanted to improve internal communications to encourage mutual support and the cross-fertilisation of ideas – two of the main reasons for having a large multidisciplinary set. And, with more than 70 tenants and 20 support staff, it […]

Hammonds' employment head quits for Norton Rose

Hammond Suddards has been hit by the departure of its national head of employment and another leading employment partner. Tim Russell – overall head of employment at the firm – is joining City firm Norton Rose in March as head of employment, while Chris Southam is going to Osborne Clarke. Russell joined Hammonds from Lloyds […]

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