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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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Ernst & Young boosts Paris office

Eric Teynier, two senior assistants and a paralegal will join Ernst & Young to set up a litigation and arbitration department. The practice will be cross-border and will work with the accountant’s London law firm when it is established later this year. Last month highly regarded Christopher Tite and Mark Lewis deserted PricewaterhouseCoopers’ law firm […]

Regional firms ditched by Cornhill Insurance

Cornhill Insurance is slashing its panel from over 70 firms to just 15 as Beachcroft Wansbrough becomes the company’s first firm to offer national coverage. Berrymans Lace Mawer and Eversheds have also been retained on the streamlined line-up which will still be divided up on a regional basis. However, it is believed tens of niche […]

Lloyd's appoints 29-year-old legal chief

Sean McGovern, presently head of finance and international, takes over as director of legal services on 1 April. Current chief, James Butler, is leaving the insurance group to become head of legal at the internet bank Egg. McGovern joined Lloyds three-and-a-half years ago from Clifford Chance, having qualified in 1994. McGovern’s will lead a team […]

Will case awaits judgment

Judgment is now pending in a Court of Appeal case in which a farm manager is challenging the will of his former boss, while his former boss is still alive. Geoffrey Gillett, 59, claims that for three decades his wealthy landowner boss, Kenneth Holt, 85, promised him that all would be his when he died. […]

Michael Webster

Sean Farrell meets Rowe & Maw’s IT partner Michael Webster who attacked the firm’s retirement policy when the 58-year-old was forced to seek new challenges at Nicholson Graham & Jones. Michael Webster, Rowe & Maw’s highly rated IT partner, was unprepared for the headlines he made when he criticised the firm’s retirement policy in The […]

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