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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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Marriage of convenience

How ironic that on the western side of Chancery Lane last week the Law Society finally gave approval for multi-disciplinary partnerships and on the eastern side Denton Hall revealed its plans to merge with Wilde Sapte. Both decisions are great indicators of the state of the profession as we approach the end of the century. […]

Berwin Leighton team quits

Berwin Leighton’s financial institutions team – including partner Michael Wilson – is defecting to Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, the leading firm in professional negligence. Wilson is leaving after 22 years. He set up the team which handles insurance claims on behalf of financial institutions and banks. Lyn Hassett, who took over as head of the […]

British Energy

Last month, British Energy breathed a sigh of relief when its five-month bid for Welsh utility Hydra’s subsidiary Swalec, the south-west retail gas and electricity supplier, was cleared by the Department of Trade and Industry. Callum McCarthy, the director general of industry regulator Electricity Supply had previously expressed concerns that the £105m takeover would give […]

Curtis Davis recruit deserts to take Lawrence Graham post

Former Herbert Smith partner Charles Baker has left specialist shipping practice Curtis Davis Garrard only eight months after joining. He returns to the City as an equity partner at Lawrence Graham’s 15-strong shipping group today (18 October). Baker joined the niche firm after Herbert Smith disbanded its shipping practice at the end of last year. […]

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