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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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Minding the language

The battle for Allied Domecq (see War Story pages 22-23) turned on an unfortunate comment by Whitbread’s chief executive, the fallout from which was that Whitbread lost the battle. In some sectors Whitbread’s adviser Clifford Chance became the scapegoat. Such criticisms are obviously unfair but they highlight a problem for firms. A law firm’s role […]

UK firms set to bid for Japan PFI work

UK lawyers are competing to work on projects worth an estimated £5.7bn a year following legislation which makes PFIs possible in Japan for the first time. Law firms such as Allen & Overy and Linklaters, and accountants such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, and various banks have been advising the Japanese government for two years on how to […]

Manches assistant to fill top Warner Cranston post

City firm Warner Cranston has appointed an assistant from Manches as a partner to head its troubled employment practice. The department is reeling following the departure of two leading partners and six assistants over six months. David Dalgarno, the previous head, who was regarded by his peers as one of the leading employment lawyers working […]

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Elizabeth Clarke Queen Elizabeth Building Called to the bar: 1991 Professional achievements/associations: Acting secretary to Family Law Bar Association (FLBA). Areas of practice: All aspects of family law with an emphasis on divorce and matrimonial finance. What others say about her: A junior of eight years call, Clarke is singled out as a “shooting star” […]

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