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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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EBRD is losing its chief counsel to Weil Gotshal & Manges‘ London office. Bill Rubin, who has been head of the department for six years, is joining the US firm as a partner to strengthen its growing project finance practice in Europe. Weil Gotshal’s head of project finance Bruce Johnston says: “It’s the experience that […]

KLegal tops £6m in start-up salary costs as KPMG wages war on City

After the City’s assistant salary hikes, the accountancy giants have been forced to compete. Catrin Griffiths reports KPMG has invested more than £6m in KLegal on fee earner remuneration alone, taking no other costs into account, The Lawyer can exclusively reveal. “We’re paying competitive salaries,” says KLegal’s managing partner Nick Holt. “You’ve got to build […]

Edge Ellison’s Leicester operation faces closure

The future of Edge Ellison’s Leicester office is hanging in the balance. The office’s 80 staff, including eight partners, are waiting for the results of a review being carried out by the firm’s Birmingham office on whether it is financially viable to have two bases in the Midlands. Edge Ellison recently carried out a profitability […]

Enough is enough

Just what is Michael Napier doing? As senior partner at Irwin Mitchell he must surely see that the Law Society is fundamentally flawed, increasingly irrelevant and potentially a problem for the development of a 21st century legal business in London. His decision to stand in the presidential elections – whether a last gasp attempt at […]

Thelen Reid boosts IT with BSC team

New York-based Thelen Reid & Priest is swallowing up Britton Silberman & Cervantez (BSC) to bolster its IT practice. BSC, which specialises in advising fledgling internet companies, is being taken over to become the emerging companies division of Thelen Reid. BSC’s team of 10 lawyers will continue to operate from its offices in San Francisco. […]

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