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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 […]

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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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In May 1994, I was not entirely optimistic about the year ahead. The last quarter of this firm’s 1993/94 year saw us quieter in business terms than we had been for some time – the decline of our reconstruction and insolvency work seemed to herald the end of the recession, but it wasn’t matched by […]

Knights switches to modern home after two centuries

AFTER 227 years, Staffordshire law firm Knight & Sons has moved from Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre to purpose-built offices on the outskirts of the town. The move was the result of months of planning and is considered a new chapter in the firm’s history. Senior Partner Tony Bell says: “Although it is with some sadness that […]

City firms join forces for bank sell-off

Leading city firms Slaughter and May and Freshfields are advising on the £1 billion bid by Dresdner, Germany’s second-biggest bank, for leading UK investment bank Kleinwort Benson. An offer document will now be produced and passed to Kleinwort’s shareholders, who will vote on the bid recommended by the UK bank’s board. The Slaughter and May […]

Russian workers join UK practices

MORE than 300 employers, including an increasing number of the UK’s top law firms, are expected to take Russian workers on placement as part of this year’s Chancellor’s Financial Sector Scheme. Norton Rose, Linklaters & Paines, Clifford Chance and Stephenson Harwood are among the firms participating in the project which was established in 1992 by […]

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