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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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Toms makes its presence in Odessa permanent

UK firm BC Toms & Co has established a permanent presence in Odessa after opening a project office in the city in December. The office, headed by UK solicitor Peter Fullerton, was originally opened to accommodate the 17-lawyer firm while it handled the country’s largest construction project – the building of a hotel. Managing partner […]

Birmingham jobs safe

* Birmingham City Council confirms that its lawyers are not affected by the redundancy programme involving nearly 600 staff. The authority is being forced to shed jobs as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

Olswang poaches SJ Berwin partner

S J BERWIN & Co tax specialist Kay Butler is set to join London practice Olswang to become its head of tax. Her move follows hard on the heels of corporate finance partner Graeme Levy’s move to 20-partner Olswang from SJ Berwin which was announced in January. A statement issued by Olswang on Friday confirmed […]

Nabarros to set up Brussels base

NABARRO Nathanson is set to establish a presence in Brussels, only months after its prospective merger partner Turner Kenneth Brown closed its doors in the city. One of the largest commercial practices in the UK, Nabarros will use the office as a base for its regulatory activities. The project, overseen by the partner in charge […]

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