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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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Eversheds shows some PEP

Some basic mathematics today, courtesy of Eversheds: how do you get yourself a juicy 28 per cent rise in profit while simultaneously registering a drop in revenue? As chief exec Bryan Hughes would no doubt explain, it’s a pretty simple formula: employ fewer people. Last year, there were 150 equity partners at the top 10 […]

Day of the low costs: Joanna Day, Santander UK

Santander UK’s head of commercial law, Joanna Day, has seen the company undergo radical change and has been instrumental in guiding it through the recession. Name: Joanna DayCompany: Santander UK PlcPosition: Head of commercial lawIndustry: Financial services providerTotal operating income: £4,696 millionTotal number of employees: 19,483Total legal capability: 36 lawyersTotal legal spend: £1.5m Joanna Day’s […]

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Why Joy Kingsley quit Pannone after 30 years

Manchester firm ­Pannone was marking the end of an era last week as senior partner Joy Kingsley announced she is leaving the firm for a much smaller local rival JMW Solicitors. Having spent her entire career at Pannone, Kingsley chose to leave because “firms evolve and I made the ­decision to look around”. “I’d never been to a recruiter before and was surprised by […]

Cripps sees 10 per cent profit rise as turnover remains static

A strong showing from property and private client has seen South East firm Cripps Harries Hall post a 10.8 per cent rise in net profit for the 2009-10 financial year. The firm’s net profit rose from £5.1m in 2008-09 to £5.65m in 2009-10, though turnover remained static at £19.2m. Average profit per equity partner (PEP) […]

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