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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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The work-life quiz

What was your first-ever job?Cutting grass in Kingston Cemetery. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Proofreading Eurobond terms and conditions. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?Daly’s Wine Bar, or any other watering hole where the trainees are gathered. What time do […]

Ethnic minorities make up only 3 per cent of UK 100 partners

Only 3 per cent of partners in the UK’s top 100 law firms come from ethnic minorities. A third of the firms surveyed have no partners from ethnic minorities at all. The 2006 Diversity League Table, first revealed in The Lawyer last week (27 March), is a groundbreaking survey of The Lawyer’s UK 100, the […]

City Law Soc launches as law firm champion

Forty-three of London’s biggest law firms have handed the City of London Law Society a mandate to be their representational and campaigning body. The 43 firms unanimously voted last week (30 March) to make the CLLS its official spokesperson. In effect it will act as City law firms’ trade union, a representative voice on issues […]

CC partners to launch private equity fund

A group of Clifford Chance corporate partners is set to launch a fund of funds to put money into their clients’ investments as the private equity boom reaches new heights. The Lawyer understands that the group is planning to beauty parade a fund manager and invite investment from any member of the global equity partnership […]

Lawyers get Crowes’ beat

Dundas & Wilson took Tulkinghorn back to the 1970s recently, and thanks are due to London corporate dude Ewan Robertson. But this was no glitter ball, John Travolta, cheesy version of the decade taste forgot. Scotland’s finest plumped instead for Rolling Stones-inspired, guitar (and, God forgive them, drum) solo-laden, dope and joss stick-fuelled rock mayhem […]

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