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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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Scottish firm on hiring spree from rivals

Leading Scottish law firm Shepherd & Wedderburn is recruiting three partners from rival firms, including a second corporate partner from Edinburgh-based Fyfe Ireland. The move re-establishes the firm’s position as one of the top five firms in Scotland. It was momentarily ousted in the aftermath of the merger between Bishop & Robertson Chalmers and Alex […]

Securicor

On Tuesday Securicor will move from its position in the FTSE 100 into the FTSE 250, when its market capitalisation drops from £3.6bn to £600m. The reason for this startling reduction in company value is due to Securicor’s attempt to concentrate on its raison d’etre of security-related services. It aims to do this by selling […]

Developer in High Court claim

Property developer Wessex and City (Dover) is taking Dover Harbour Board to the High Court over cancellation of a joint venture. Wessex is suing the board for fees of £20,000 it claims the board agreed to pay if it pulled out of the deal. Wessex says it lodged a planning application for land at Marine […]

Leading NY firm Cahills to open London office

Top tier New York firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel is planning to open an office in London. The decision to launch in the City marks a major shift in policy for the firm. Cahills opened a Paris office in 1935 but has since refused to join the growing tide of international expansion. Cahills is the […]

Welcoming the competition

But I think the most positive thing to come out of Reed Smith Shaw & McClay’s decision to set up shop here is that it will ensure home-grown Birmingham firms retain their standards. We are going to work harder than ever to hold on to our clients, and that means our expertise can only improve. […]

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