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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 Lawyer’s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer.com. Marketing Brand Russell Brand of course has a long history of causing mischief and offence. Back in 2002, years […]

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Eversheds launches fresh redundancy talks

Eversheds launches fresh redundancy talks” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/14763_david-gray-eversheds.jpg” />Eversheds has launched a second round of redundancy talks with 45 lawyers and related support staff. Those affected are predominantly in the M&A, finance and insurance departments. Those being consulted in finance are focused on real estate finance and acquisition finance. David Gray, Eversheds chief executive said: […]

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Daily Mail chief slams judge

Mr Justice Eady has come under attack from the Daily Mail editor-in-chief Paul Dacre for bringing privacy laws in by the back door. Dacre, speaking at the Society of Editors’ annual conference in Bristol, criticised Eady J’s ruling that the News of the World (NotW) had breached Formula 1 chief Max Mosley’s privacy after secretly […]

Trio scores Mitsubishi sale

Hammonds, Macfarlanes and Paul Weiss have lined up on a rare £1bn deal as Mitsubishi Rayon swoops for UK chemicals company Lucite. Hammonds corporate partners James McKay and Mark Robson acted for the seller, private equity firm Charterhouse. Paul Weiss acted for existing client Mitsubishi Rayon and drafted in Macfarlanes in the UK for their […]

Safe as housing

Staff at Trowers & Hamlins are worried about redundancies. This despite the fact that the firm hasn’t made any, and has no immediate plans to do so. However, real estate accounts for 40 per cent of the business, and Trowers lawyers are as aware as anybody of the wider economic conditions affecting that sector. To […]

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