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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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Pay mates

Oh, pity the poor souls at Lawrence Graham. During a recent meeting, several of the firm’s long-suffering partners were heard to bemoan their remuneration of £300,000 and upwards. Rather than complaining of a lack of funds, the sensitive souls were actually debating the burden of not being able to reveal the size of their pay […]

BLP stalwart changes pace with move to Devon firm

Berwin Leighton Paisner is to lose one of its longest-standing project finance partners to a small regional practice in Devon. Carol McCormack OBE, who has been with the firm since she qualified some 20 years ago, has decided to join Michelmores in Exeter as part of a lifestyle change. McCormack plans to move to the […]

Simmons scoops Next share scheme project

Simmons & Simmons has completed an executive share incentive scheme for Next, demonstrating that the firm still has a solid relationship with the retailer despite the fact that Herbert Smith muscled in on Next’s corporate work last year. Herbert Smith won its first job for the FTSE 100 company in October 2002 (The Lawyer, 14 […]

Brobeck partners’ firm knocked-out of CC law suit row

US bankruptcy firm Pachulski Stang Ziehl Young Jones & Weintraub has been disqualified from acting for a group of former Brobeck Phelger & Harrison partners who are attempting to sue Clifford Chance for $100m. It is understood that the decision to disqualify Pachulski Stang, was made at a hearing in San Francisco yesterday (25 August). […]

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