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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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I should be so unlucky

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Barlows in shipping firm take over

RD Black & Co joins Barlow Lyde & Gilbert Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has absorbed niche shipping firm RD Black & Co. The firm comprises senior partner Richard Black and one senior assistant. Black joins Barlows as a senior equity partner. No support staff have been included in the deal. Black began his career at […]

Matrix builds public law with two appointments

Matrix Chambers has recruited two public law specialists, bringing the tenant count to 40. Sam Grodzinski joins from 39 Essex Street and Charlotte Kilroy from Landmark Chambers, the result of a recent merger between Eldon Chambers and 4 Breams Buildings. Matrix chief executive Nick Martin said: “In addition to expertise in the full range of […]

Stamford takes on Minters partner

Singapore firm Stamford, Shearman & Sterling’s former joint venture partner, has hired a new partner, Paul Fitzgerald, from Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, a New Zealand firm that is part of Australia’s Minter Ellison Group.

Fixing the system

Fixed costs for lawyers acting on personal injury cases will further tip the scales in favour of negligent companies and their insurers. Thompsons’ Rachel Sarfas gives the lawyer’s view The debate over fixed costs in personal injury (PI) claims being played out between the insurance industry, defendant and claimant firms, the trade unions and consumer […]

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