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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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Firm profile: Harris Cartier

“We have a reputation for taking on cases that other firms can’t handle,” boasts Harris Cartier’s chief executive Paul Norris, “and for taking them up to a satisfactory conclusion.” Indeed, the satisfaction would be mutual as the firm, which has offices in Slough and Lincoln’s Inn, has made a profitable business out of taking on […]

Burges Salmon trio launches boutique

Three senior associates have quit Bristol firm Burges Salmon to launch niche agricultural property firm Loxley. Three senior associates have quit Bristol firm Burges Salmon to launch niche agricultural property firm Loxley. Judith Bell, Simon Leach and Michael Johnstone left Burges Salmon’s agriculture and property litigation practice to launch the firm in November. Partner Bell […]

Mayer Brown lands A&O insolvency ace

Mayer Brown is beefing up its restructuring and insolvency practice with the appointment of Allen & Overy (A&O) senior associate Ashley Katz. Katz will take up his role as a partner at Mayer Brown on 4 February, working under European finance head Ian Coles. Katz’s practice focuses on all aspects of financial restructuring and insolvencies. […]

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Every dog has its day

Being self-confident and self-assured certainly comes with the territory of a legal career. And judging by her website (www.gillianhoward.co.uk), employment lawyer Gillian Howard has confidence in abundance. Describing herself as the “rottweiler with a handbag” and “the iron fist with a velvet glove”, one can only assume Howard was going for a Thatcheresque image. Her […]

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