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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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I have been following the ‘to specialise or not to specialise’ debate with interest. In my opinion, a solicitor (unlike a barrister) should first of all be a man of affairs. Prior to coming into private practice I was a senior examiner with the Inland Revenue for 10 years and have been a magistrate for […]

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In brief: Baileys seeks property firm merger

London firm Baileys Shaw & Gillett is looking to merge with a similar-sized firm to boost its reputation in its key practice areas. The firm, which has 22 partners and is strong in commercial property litigation, has had preliminary talks with a number of firms including 36-partner Wedlake Bell, a London-based practice which has a […]

Danish invaders put new man in London

Danish firm Kromann & Munter is expanding its London operation to target new Danish companies setting up in the UK. The firm is sending one its senior partners from Copenhagen to head up the London office, which has previously been run by a more junior lawyer, Claus Hansen. From January, Peter Friis will take over […]

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