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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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Gold unveils new management structure at Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith’s senior partner elect David Gold has unveiled the new management structure he is hoping to install when he takes office next April. The radical restructure is expected to result in the creation of a role akin to that of a managing partner. Gold said that he is going to identify a partner to […]

Herbies head of litigation wins senior partner fight

Head of litigation David Gold has won the two-way race to become Herbert Smith’s next senior partner, beating practice partner Richard Fleck to the punch. Gold, backed by almost the entire litigation department – the firm’s traditional powerhouse – takes office in April. He succeeds Richard Bond for a five-year term. He will spend the […]

New Blackstone heads to target competition work

Blackstone Chambers’ newly-elected heads Ian Mill QC and Thomas Beazley QC have a tough task building on the success of their predecessors at the top public and commercial law set. During their seven-year tenure, Presiley Baxendale QC and Charles Flint QC grew turnover by 77 per cent, trading on the set’s existing public law expertise […]

B&M, BLP, CMS scoop Accenture panel slots

Baker & McKenzie (B&M), Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and CMS Cameron McKenna have won lucrative places on the panel of management consultancy and technology services giant Accenture. The lucky trio join incumbents Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance and Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) on Accenture’s preferred supplier list, which will be reviewed again in three […]

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