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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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Australian firms lure arbitration to Sydney

Six of Australia’s 10 largest firms have joined forces to promote Sydney as a prime centre for international arbitration in the Asia-Pacific Allens Arthur Robinson, Freehills, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Minter Ellison, Blake Dawson Waldron and Clayton Utz are sponsoring an exhibition at the International Bar Association conference on 13 February 2003. “We’ve got together to […]

US in-housers slam firms' inflexibility over fees

A US survey of 300 in-house counsel has criticised law firms’ inflexibility when billing clients. The survey suggests that law firms offering alternative billing arrangements will benefit by setting themselves apart. Those in-house lawyers interviewed are unhappy that firms fail to share their concerns about billing and are stubborn when asked to be flexible. First […]

Clarification

In the 28 October issue, it was incorrectly reported that Beachcroft Wansbroughs was guilty of overcharging Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA) and ordered to repay fees. We would like to clarify that the firm accepted that it could not prove compliance with Rule 15 and reached an amicable settlement directly with ISHA.

Altheimer loses project finance partner to Beachcrofts

Ashok Ghosh becomes latest London departure for Altheimer & Gray Altheimer & Gray has lost its third senior finance lawyer in the space of five months. Project finance specialist Ashok Ghosh will join Beachcroft Wansbroughs as a partner in January 2002, when he has served his notice period. Ghosh’s departure follows that of corporate banking […]

The writing on the wall

Linklaters doesn’t seem to be very popular at the moment. Not only has it been restructuring its IP department to the detriment of a number of jobs, but the firm has fallen victim to vandalism. Linklaters was obviously reluctant to reveal what had been sprayed across the front of its Silk Street office, so it […]

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