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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 […]

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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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Eversheds acted for Manchester-based shopfitters Campbell & Armstrong in the financial restructuring of the group, which included a debt/equity swap of around £4 million and the raising of £3.25 million fresh equity. Gouldens advised Campbell & Armstrong’s financial adviser, Henry Ansbacher.

Most industrious silks

Barristers specialising in employment law need to be aware not just of the legal issues but also the “politics with a small p” of the situation, according to the solicitors that instruct them. As one solicitor points out, academic brilliance is not the first consideration, despite the complexity of much of the law: “I first […]

Law Soc agrees to print supplement

Alison Laferla reports IT suppliers are claiming a victory after the Law Society gave in to pressure to publish a supplement to its IT directory that lists suppliers excluded from the original. The directory, Information Technology, published in August, claimed to provide guidance on how to choose an IT system and to contain information on […]

UK lawyers to get US salaries

US firm White & Case is to pay New York-level salaries of around £45,000 to its newly-qualified lawyers in London as part of a recruitment drive. The move, which has raised eyebrows among City managing partners, will see the salaries of newly-qualified lawyers rocket from a median of £27,000 to £45,000, with subsequent incremental rises […]

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