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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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In brief: Freshfields

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Rowe & Maw forms global trade body

LAWYERS and trade economists are set to join forces in the City as Rowe & Maw launches an international trade group. The group will be headed by partner Philip Ruttley, who joined Rowe & Maw from Garretts in October. Ruttley says the group was formed in response to an increasingly global economy, and as a […]

Simmons challenges French govt over coal price subsidies

City firm Simmons & Simmons is attempting to force France to answer allegations that state subsidies were used to undercut the market price of coal. The firm, representing private coal company Thion & Cie, claims that state-owned coal company Groupe Charbonnages de France was involved in a potential misuse of an estimated £21m in state […]

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Newsmaker Profile:Man who saved Maxwell from jail gets a Ferrari

Where do you stand with a lawyer who is a self-proclaimed enthusiast at handling the media? When Keith Oliver speaks with such beguiling honesty about his passion for his work and his enormous respect for his clients, is it from the heart or from somewhere altogether more practical? Oliver, a partner at one of the […]

Barristers form global lobby to protect rights of children

High-profile barristers have joined forces to form an international lobbying group for children. Supported by 10 silks – including Cherie Booth QC and former Bar Council chairman Peter Goldsmith QC – and several barristers, the Bar Committee on the Rights of the Child will campaign around the world. “We want the voice of the Bar […]

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