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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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DWS ponders LLP as BLP takes the plunge

Berwin Leighton Paisner has agreed to convert to limited-liability partnership (LLP) status following a partnership vote on 31 October. The firm’s conversion to LLP status was effective from 1 December. Meanwhile, Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as its adviser as it too considers converting to LLP status, deferring its vote by almost […]

Cravath sets static bonus trend

Cravath, Swaine & Moore has set the tone for year-end bonuses in the US,awarding associates unchanged figures between $30,000 and $60,000. Senior associates at the Wall Street heavyweight will take home $60,000 whenthe bonuses are paid on 16 December, equal to last year’s maximum associate bonus. First-year associates will meanwhile receive $30,000. This is in […]

Apil set for fight on Compensation Bill

An unlikely alliance between lawyers and politicians is setting out to challenge the Government’s draft Compensation Bill ahead of its passage through Parliament. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) is supporting a report produced by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Insurance & Financial Services, which proposes axing the bill’s clause defining negligence. Apil […]

Perrin quits Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke senior partner Leslie Perrin has announced he is retiring from the partnership after 16 years with the firm. Perrin, who spent nine years as managing partner, has played a key role in growth of the Bristol-based firm. Perrin said he was leaving Osborne Clarke to pursue a fresh career outside the firm. “I […]

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