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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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Leeds has taken a harder knock from the slump than its regional peers, with firm headcounts falling behind Manchester. But rejuvenation plans are brewing The Leeds financial and professional services market is, statistically speaking, the largest in the UK outside London. It employs around 9,400 people, according to TheCityUK. But in the past few years, […]

Gateley appoints partner Kate Lloyd to Birmingham pensions team

Gateley has augmented its pensions team in Birmingham by appointing partner Kate Lloyd, who will be welcomed into the team on 11 August 2014. Lloyd joins the firm following 11 years with Squire Sanders and has experience advising both corporate sponsors and trustee boards on a range of pensions law issues. The pensions team will be further strengthened […]

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2013/14 financials: the results are in

Keep up to date with all the latest figures coming in from The Lawyer UK200 with our revenue table for 2013/14. The majority of UK firms to have published revenues for the 2013/14 financial year have seen a return to growth. Outside the magic circle, Mishcon de Reya has produced the highest average profit per […]

Chelvan and Brownhill from No5 Chambers speak at Public Law Project Conference

Two of No5 Chambers’ human rights barristers — S Chelvan and Ian Brownhill — recently spoke at the Public Law Project Conference in Manchester. The Hon Mr Justice Stewart, Queen’s Bench Administrative Court liaison judge for the northern and eastern circuits, opened the event and a number of eminent speakers addressed a packed audience of […]

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