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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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Litigation: All together now

Efforts to get EU member states to adopt a unified approach to certain areas of law is a tricky business. Kevin Roberts and Alan Owens look at two reports aiming to unify a European-wide strategy. Pharmaceutical competition It took approximately 10 months and 6,000 submissions, but on 28 November 2008 the European Commission published its […]

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Linklaters: 270 London jobs to go

Linklaters has confirmed that between 100 and 120 of its City lawyers will lose their jobs, while 130 to 150 members of business services staff will also be affected. Linklaters: 270 London jobs to go” />Magic circle firm Linklaters has confirmed that between 100 and 120 of its City lawyers will lose their jobs as […]

Clarification

On page 3 of last week’s issue of The Lawyer we published a story about US law firm Debevoise & Plimpton suing solicitor Joan Leopold. Recruitment consultancy Taylor Root has asked us to point out that it was not involved in a confidential ­investigation Leopold was carrying out for the firm. The recruiter was only […]

City’s top firms mop up the banking mess

When it comes to the UK’s banking crisis, if you are not part of the City’s elite it is unlikely that you will win a key role. Slaughter and May has long established itself as the Government’s adviser of choice – if there is even a sniff of a banking problem, the Treasury will be […]

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Freshfields, DLA scotch Indian wedding rumours

Rumours of tie-ups between UK and Indian firms have abounded since ­Clifford Chance sealed a best friends relationship with top Indian firm AZB & Partners (TheLawyer.com, 14 ­January). The firm that is currently attracting the most attention for its lack of an Indian best friend is Freshfields ­Bruckhaus Deringer, the only magic circle firm not […]

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