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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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Lawrence Graham breaks local association for Ukraine licence

City firm Lawrence Graham has won a licence to practise in the Ukraine after the collapse of its association with local firm Maritime Business and Legal Services (MBLS). Neil Everatt, shipping partner with Lawrence Graham, says the firm broke away from MBLS to set up its own office. “It’s a more coherent way of doing […]

Partners on the move…:Digest

While continuing to advise his London-based clients, Boodle Hatfield’s Russell Brimelow will be is moving to the firm’s Oxford office. Brimelow, head of the employment group at Boodle Hatfield, joined the firm in 1994, was appointed an associate in 1996 and a partner in 1997. Manchester law firm Kuit Steinart Levy has announced the promotion […]

Travers Smith loses top partner to rival US firm

Travers Smith Braithwaite is losing a top corporate partner to US firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Simon Jay, who has been at Travers Smith for 18 years, will join Clearys’ corporate department in September after working his six-month notice period. Commenting on his move, Jay says: “I have never worked anywhere else before and […]

R&W's Cirillo joins rival firm

Rogers & Wells’ former head of anti-trust, Richard Cirillo, has left to join rival US firm King & Spalding, ahead of Rogers’ vote on merging with Clifford Chance next month. Cirillo, a securities and antitrust litigation partner who has spent his entire career so far at Rogers, joins the New York office of his new […]

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