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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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A&O focuses on "staying ahead'

ALLEN & Overy has appointed a new IT director and a partner in charge of knowledge management in the second major shake-up of its back office in less than six months. Under the changes – which bring to a speedy close an experiment to job-share the firm’s IT director post – Nick Taylor-Delahoy, IT manager […]

It's not OK to KO QCs

A silk cut could seriously damage the health of the UK’s legal culture, according to Bruce Houlder QC. Bruce Houlder QC is vice-chairman of the Bar Council’s public affairs committee. Derek Fatchett MP, Britain’s Foreign Office Minister and proclaimed “ambassador of cool”, said last week: “We must not be seen just as a country of […]

In brief: Bond Pearce to open Bristol office

South-West firm Bond Pearce is to open an office in Bristol in a bid to take on the city’s established firms. The move follows its announcement of a merger with Southampton firm Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh on 1 May. David Gunn, chair of the firm’s business development group, said that the office would be staffed […]

Differences force Belgians and Swiss to leave Punder Group

Five-firm pan-European federation the Punder Group has lost its Belgian and Swiss members after a “strategic review” revealed differences of opinion over the speed at which the group should integrate. Belgian top five Coppens Van Ommeslaghe & Faures, based in Brussels, wanted rapid progress towards integration while Zurich-based 11-lawyer Stoffel & Partner wanted to concentrate […]

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