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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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Revealed: King & Wood Mallesons’ Singaporean merger fallout

King & Wood Mallesons’ year-long merger negotiations with Singaporean firm WongPartnership failed just days before a tie-up was to be announced to the market, The Lawyer can reveal. Various sources both internally and externally have confirmed that King & Wood Mallesons planned to announce a merger deal with WongPartnership during a week-long annual global partnership […]

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The End of Lawyers…..or Just the Beginning?

Al Giles managing director of Axiom for EMEA and Asia. It’s been a depressing week for many lawyers. BLP started the trend by announcing widespread redundancies. Osborne Clarke, Wragges and others followed. A one-off announcement might be just that for any number of reasons, but taken together these have felt like a real body blow. […]

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Fantasy financial figures

Early results give distorted picture of the health of the profession It is financials season again and first out of the blocks are those firms that can boast growth for the 2012/13 financial year. It is The Lawyer’s experience that the doom-makers will hold off as long as they can to volunteer their figures. So […]

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Olswang boosts pensions with Lawrence Graham hire

Olswang has strengthened its pensions team with the hire of Lawrence Graham partner Ron Burgess. Burgess, who originally trained and qualified in South Africa, began work at Olswang last week. He has previously worked at Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and was seconded to the Pensions Regulator for a time. He advises corporates, trustees […]

SJ Berwin loses finance director to FFW

Mike Giles, who has been finance director at SJ Berwin since 1999, is leaving the firm to join Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW). During the course of his tenure at SJ Berwin, Giles oversaw its transformation from a single-site London outfit to a 12 office international network. He will start work at FFW next week (28 […]

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