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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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Paul Weiss chair switches sides for Intelsat in-house role

Intelsat has recruited Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison’s chair of communications and technology Phillip Spector as its new general counsel. The appointment will cause shockwaves in the satellite industry when Spector’s previous role as key outside counsel for rivals PanAmSat and SES Americom is taken into consideration. Spector has often been the first to […]

Raising the bar

The prospect of Clementi’s changes may have got a few pulses racing, but Robert Englehart QC’s advice is: carry on as normal Before Christmas last year, anxious mutterings were to be heard in the inner sanctuaries of the Inns of Court and the Bar Council. It was said that Sir David Clementi had been asking […]

Firm profile: Rutherfords Solicitors

After more than 80 years in practice, Birmingham’s Rutherfords Solicitors is ramping up its offering in two areas – commercial and private client. Managing partner Peter Wiseman hopes to double partner numbers in the next two years Managing partner: Peter WisemanTurnover: £1.7mTotal number of partners: ThreeTotal number of lawyers: Nine solicitors, seven legal executivesMain practice […]

Separated at birth

Comedian Steve Coogan has gone far since making his name as Norwich’s finest in the guise of TV and radio icon Alan Partridge. The ‘part’ still occasionally pops up here and there, but the man himself has many other guises designed to entertain and sometimes even educate. His latest is a Guernsey-based solicitor going under […]

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