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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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Travers Smith Braithwaite elects company head as senior partner

TRAVERS Smith Braithwaite partners have elected head of company Christopher Bell as the new senior partner to replace Alan Keat. Bell – who specialises in corporate transactions and is a member of the company law sub-committee of the City of London Solicitors Society – takes up the post on 1 January. The firm’s managing partner […]

Quote of the week

“This is a Mickey Mouse policy dreamt up in Disneyland.” – The Bar Council’s response to Law Society president Robert Sayer’s proposal to abolish the distinction between solicitors and barristers, made during the Law Society Solicitors’ Law Festival in Eurodisney, Paris.

The Cardinal's sins

In exclusive extracts from his unauthorised biography, Dominic Egan reveals to readers of The Lawyer some of the secrets from the Lord Chancellor’s chequered legal career. In May 1997 Lord Irvine was virtually unknown outside the legal profession. One year later he was the most famous Lord Chancellor of the 20th century. The only problem […]

US firm takes on R&W's Paris office

Rogers & Wells’ Paris office merges today (Monday) with New York firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel because it does not want to be “an appendage” to Clifford Chance’s merged monolith. Paris managing partner Alexander Marquardt’s 21-strong team becomes Kramer Levin’s first office outside Manhattan. Marquardt, in his first interview since rumours spread of the […]

Wilde Sapte caught out over pre-merger Deloittes sublet

Wilde Sapte is bound by an agreement to lease one of its floors to accountancy giant Deloitte & Touche, despite needing the space following its merger with Denton Hall. The sublet contract was signed in September, two months after Wilde Sapte consented to lease accountants the eighth floor of its state-of-the-art offices at 1 Fleet […]

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