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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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BLP rolls out people management scheme

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is to put all of its partners through a rigorous internal training programme to improve their people- management skills. The move stems from BLP’s career development framework for associates and will see the partners put through five two-hour sessions over the next six months. BLP head of training and development Patrick […]

Brand new approach

Modern firms need a brand identity. The right training can be a cost-effective way to ensure a consistent message. By Fiona Cunningham In conducting a review of training needs, matters such as increasing knowledge and developing skills are taken as read. These are the expected outputs from any investment in training, but with planning and […]

Leo Abse hires Welsh-speaking lawyer duo

South Wales firm Leo Abse & Cohen has hired two solicitors to reaffirm its commitment to practising in Welsh. Awen Mellick joins the 14-partner firm’s wills and estates group from Gwent-based Gabb and Co and Dylan Roberts joins the commercial team from Eversheds‘ Cardiff office. Managing partner Ian Hopkins commented: “Other firms will have Welsh […]

Celebrity libel actions double in a year

Celebrity libel actions have more than doubled during the last year as the English courts have witnessed a dramatic increase in the total number of defamation cases. There were 20 celebrity libel cases in the courts in the 2005-06 financial year, compared to just nine the previous year, according to legal information providers Sweet & […]

M&A teams face threat from associate drought

London’s top City firms are struggling to cope with the M&A boom due to a drought in corporate assistants that has left them unable to adequately man deals. According to exclusive research by The Lawyer, firms have hit a brick wall in trying to recruit corporate assistants with two to four years’ PQE. Berwin Leighton […]

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