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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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It's been a bad week for…

007 Granny Melita Norwood, the 87-year-old former Russian agent who spied for the USSR for 40 years and handed over top secret details of the UK’s first atomic bomb. Despite earlier reports that she would get away with it, Jack Straw told the Commons last week “that in the light of Mrs Norwood’s recent statements, […]

Slaughter and May loses Bupa work to Walker Morris

Private healthcare company Bupa is drastically cutting back the amount of work it gives to Slaughter and May in favour of cheaper regional law firm Walker Morris. A source tells The Lawyer that a “substantial proportion” of the work that goes to Slaughters is being transferred to the Leeds-based firm. The two firms have worked […]

Camerons unveils SA alliance

Cameron McKenna will announce this week that it has formed the first-ever legal alliance of a major UK law firm in South Africa, giving the City firm a foothold in the continent. The firm intends to build a sub-Saharan network, which will eventually include firms in Mozambique and Namibia. The exclusive relationship has been formed […]

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