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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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E-Commerce technology: keeping up with the clients

In the dotcom age, the challenge for law firms is to meet the ever-growing needs and desires of clients through technology. From a technical standpoint, major corporate clients can be demanding. They are generally quite sophisticated in IT matters, and thus expect sophistication from their professional services providers. They have fixed protocols, complex security systems, […]

The third man

Ian Terry When Freshfields broke with tradition and made litigator Ian Terry managing partner, the cynics were quick to pounce. But, as Dominic Egan reports, the critics have been silenced and he is now leading a much happier firm. Nobody talks much about Ian Terry. But it’s his own damn fault. Impossible to dislike and […]

Lovells in German expansion

Lovells is showing its commitment to its European offices with the appointment of eight new partners to its German offices. The promotions come after the firm’s merger with Boesebeck Droste, which was first announced in July and officially completed at the beginning of the year. While the merger has been ultimately successful, there has been […]

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Teruo Kato

Tamzin Hindmarch meets Field Fisher Waterhouse’s new corporate partner Teruo Kato, a one-time banker who fell in love with the law and is now the City’s only Japanese partner When Teruo Kato left the land of the rising sun for a year abroad in the land of rain and clouds, the young economics student had […]

Eversheds construction dept overhauled to fight NE rivals

Eversheds is overhauling its construction practice in a bid to prevent rival firms encroaching on its traditional stronghold. Construction North will be established in coming months. It will be headed by former Newcastle managing partner and construction lawyer Nigel Robson and will be based in its Leeds office. Eversheds is one of the leading construction […]

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