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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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Dibbs develops one-stop shop to advise e-commerce clients

Dibb Lupton Alsop is launching a one-stop shop for e-commerce clients to help them develop their businesses online. The service – dubbed dla.net – is being backed by lawyers from across the firm, including teams from IT and telecommunications, corporate tax and venture capital. In addition to helping entrepreneurs advance their dot com ideas, it […]

Quote of the week

“We were going to put him out of the window sitting on the ledge but we allowed him to take the elevator instead.” – A Mannesman source commenting on how the £64bn offer from Chris Gent, chief executive at Vodafone, was received.

Shearmans raids A&O as part of London expansion drive

US firm Shearman & Sterling has poached an Allen & Overy partner as part of a drive to expand its London office. Marke Raines is joining Shearmans to set up a UK securitisation practice. He is thought to be the first A&O partner to be lured to a top-level New York firm. Leading banking partner […]

Francies wins place on Weil Gotshal committee

Weil Gotshal & Manges has elected Mike Francies to its management committee, after the shock departure of Maurice Allen. The appointment to the 13-member committee will cement Francies’ position as head of the firm’s London office, a role he previously shared with office founder Allen who quit the firm on 28 January (The Lawyer, 31 […]

SJ Berwin sparks salary war

SJ Berwin will spark a wages war among City firms by boosting its assistants’ salaries by as much as 25 per cent. Sources say the firm is likely to raise its rates to around £45,000 for newly-qualified assistants. Senior partner David Harrell says the new rates have not yet been set, but that the move […]

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