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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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…as Dibbs doubles its office capacity

Dibb Lupton Alsop is to move its four London offices into one new building. The firm has signed a new lease on a building in Noble Street, directly opposite its current main London office at 125 London Wall. The move gives the firm enough space to double the number of its lawyers working in London […]

Wilde Sapte's Paris office in breakaway

Wilde Sapte’s Paris office is faced with the loss of a key equity partner who is setting up a breakaway firm next month, as the remaining two partners are likely to leave next year. Banking partner Olivier Tordjman is leasing half of Wilde Sapte’s building space in Paris and setting up as a sole practitioner. […]

Welsh merger creates 40-tenant set

Welsh chambers 32 Park Place and Newport Chambers are to merge from 1 September, making it the largest set in the Principality. In yet another sign that regional chambers believe consolidation is the surest way to survive, the merger will create a 40-tenant set. The merged set, to be called Temple Chambers, will continue to […]

Square Mile

Press coverage of mergers between firms reached its zenith following the recent announcement of the Clifford Chance merger with Rogers & Wells of New York. One of the more interesting aspects of the potential culture “clash” in such mergers is the perceived differences in methods of remuneration between US and UK law firms. The lockstep […]

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