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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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Speechly partnership buoyed with five additions

Speechly Bircham added five to its partnership with its fourth lateral hire of the year and four internal promotions. The firm has brought in litigation specialist Jim Sharkey, who joins from DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, where he was head of commercial litigation in Birmingham. Managing partner Michael Lingens said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jim […]

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When it comes to insurance, if you’re not in EC3 then you’re nowhere. One insurance-minded US firm’s partner was recently bragging to Tulkinghorn about his networking prowess. “On any given morning I can meet at least three clients in the coffee shop across the road,” boasted the partner. “Thank God for coffee, though. It means […]

FFW PEP rises 19 per cent

Revenues at Field Fisher Waterhouse has hit the £60m mark, boosting turnover by 15% this year. Profit per equity partner also showed solid double digit growth, breaking through the £400k barrier to reach £466k, an increase of 19%. The firm is on course to meet its target turnover of £75m by 2008, a figure which […]

DLA Piper raids Hunton to launch in Atlanta

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary’s US operation has caught the expansion bug and opened a new office in Atlanta. The operation will launch with 12 litigation and finance lawyers including four partners. Mark Grantham, who will also be the managing partner, Russell Bogue and Arthur Brannan, all join from Hunton & Williams, and Tracy Plott […]

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