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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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Shearman leads oil fight for Algerian govt against Spanish companies

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Druces & Attlee kicks off rebuilding effort

London’s Druces & Attlee is looking to reverse its fortunes with the hire of ex-barrister and M&A/commercial partner Christopher Axford from niche firm Middleton Potts. Druces’ partnership was reduced to just 12 and its revenue fell by 17 per cent to £5.8m after the retirement of two partners and the defection of two more in […]

Bakers chairman demands strategy rethink

Baker & McKenzie global chairman John Conroy has been re-appointed for a second term during the firm’s annual partnership conference, which takes place in London this week. Conroy, who took up the role in 2004, will serve a further three-year term as head of the international firm. The question of strategy is another major issue […]

Standard Chartered to offer traineeship

Standard Chartered Bank is introducing a training programme as a means of bypassing difficult recruitment markets. Subject to Law Society approval, the bank will take on its first trainee in March 2008, with a view to extending the programme at a later date. Susan Adams, head of legal, policy and operations at the bank, said: […]

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