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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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Commercial & Chancery: Reform school

As the Carter and Clementi reforms start to take effect, how will the commercail bar fare under the new regime? Industry experts consider their likely impact The face of the legal profession is set to change radically over the coming few years, but will these changes affect the commercial bar? Jonathan Fox, chief executive, St […]

UK spies sued over Guantánamo abuses

Niche law firm Christian Khan today (12 September) set the wheels in motion for a British man who was held in Guantánamo Bay to sue the MI5 and MI6 over the tactics they used to gather intelligence. Christian Khan has brought the civil case on behalf of Tarek Dergoul, who claims he was repeatedly tortured […]

UK firms pasta post in Italy

After a relaxing August break, the Italian market has kicked off the new term with a bang. But some managing partners have returned to offices a bit quieter than when they left. Hammonds Rossotto senior partner Riccardo Rossotto may well have exclaimed: “Dove sono i miei avvocati?!” after DLA Piper sprung a four-lawyer corporate team […]

Goofy for the Gulf

When a senior Freshfields partner is spotted in Riyadh, you can be sure he’s not there to top up his tan. The Middle East rumour mill has never ground so fast. Small wonder: every week The Lawyer reports on yet another firm trying to penetrate the Gulf region. The big boys are all trying their […]

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