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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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Nurturing a quality IT team

With the IT job market undergoing a period of exceptional buoyancy, Craig Coverman suggests ways of preventing your IT team leaving the fold. If you are a law firm IT director or manager, you face challenging times hanging on to your staff. Keeping quality staff starts with the salary and fringe benefits provided. Salaries have […]

In brief: Biggart Baillie hires Miller Hendry partner

Scottish firm Biggart Baillie has appointed Alan Strain as a litigation partner. Strain has joined from Miller Hendry, where he was a partner and head of litigation in its Dundee office. His appointment is part of Biggart Baillie’s development of a specialist construction law unit.

US firm re-recruits partners to beef up private client practice

US FIRM Bryan Cave’s London office has hired two partners from US firm Brown & Wood to expand its private client base. Bryan Cave re-recruited Richard Cassell and Dyke Davies who have already worked for the firm once before this month as partners to join what partner, Joe Field, claims is the ‘largest US-based private […]

Arbitration court overhauls rules to eliminate delays

The Paris-based International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), has overhauled its rules for the first time in 20 years. Key aims of the changes are to reduce delays, to clear up uncertainties about arbitration procedures and to eliminate holes in the rules revealed by experience of the last two decades. […]

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