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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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PwC’s German firm takes three department heads

PwC Veltins Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft – PricewaterhouseCoopers’ German law firm – has hired three heads of departments and their staff from rival Heuking Kuhn Luer Heussen Wojtek. Head of corporate and employment law Hans Stefan Korsch, head of IP Thomos Kerkhoff, and head of media, IT and telecommunications Michael Schmittmann are moving today (Monday). Schmittmann is well-known […]

Shearmans loses primary adviser role to Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has snatched a chunk of work from Shearman & Sterling after becoming primary legal adviser to newly demerged company ED&F Man Group. Simmons & Simmons picked up the work for global company ED&F Man Group after acting for the agricultural products side of the business on the demerger last week. The new […]

Beating the mid-size crisis

Lawyers often talk about the success of the magic circle firms, but while they are pulling away from the rest of the market, another tier of firms is digging-in to sustain its position in the industry. This is the band of firms that can be described as mid-size – those that are not within the […]

Two barristers quit merging Crown team

Two leading barristers are quitting the newly merged set of One Paper Buildings and 2 Crown Office Row to join rival 4 Paper Buildings. Dr Michael Powers QC and Dr Evelyn Pollock are understood to be unhappy at the way the merger is progressing and have taken the decision to leave. The decision to merge […]

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Opponents of Section 28. Those seeking to scrap the controversial clause received a boost from solicitors Belmont Hodgson, which claims that Section 28 will fall foul of the Human Rights Act due to come into force in the autumn. Anyone worried about the affects of new human rights legislation. Representatives from councils, schools and other […]

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