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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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The Christmas cheer was distinctly lacking in DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary’s corporate recovery group last year. The team won instructions to act for KPMG and Kroll in the respective Unwins and MVC administrations, but the timing of the work meant long hours had to be put in over the festive period. Even the departmental […]

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Manchester’s Pannone & Partners, a fixture on The Sunday Times’ annual list of great places to work, has long promoted itself as such. And the firm certainly appears to be taking the title to heart. When Tulkinghorn visited its offices the other week, he found himself tripping over what appeared to be a whole nursery […]

Irwin Mitchell considers Manchester office as part of North West strategy

Irwin Mitchell is planning to expand into the North West with a new Manchester office. The firm hopes to have a base open in the city by spring this year. However, it will be manned by existing Irwin Mitchell lawyers for the time being. Managing partner Howard Culley told The Lawyer: “We’re giving it consideration, having […]

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