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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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Lawyers predict changes to privacy pay-outs after News of the World scandal

Lawyers are gearing up for potential changes to invasion of privacy compensation in the wake of the News International phone hacking scandal. Discussions on compensation have come after The Guardian reported that Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, was paid £700,000 in a settlement after his phone was tapped. The sum is […]

Cadwalader to reduce City office space by up to half

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has signalled its intent to permanently downsize its London operations by finalising an office move that will see it reduce its space in the City by almost half. The US firm, which ­currently occupies roughly 35,000sq ft at 265 Strand, is making a final decision between three possible new locations with floor spaces of […]

Postcard from… Casablanca

For thousands of people around the world, Casablanca is more a movie than a town. When the low-cost 1942 production was given almost by chance the euphonic name of a North African city, probably no one at Warner Bros imagined that both the film and the city were going to walk into legend. It was […]

2Birds’ expansion comes good with 30 per cent revenue hike

Bird & Bird has announced a 29.7 per cent increase in gross revenue for the 2008-09 financial year. Total turnover at the ­technology and IP-focused firm grew to £186.3m from £143.7m for the previous year. The firm said that 9 per cent of the increase in ­revenue could be put down to the considerable expansion it has undergone recently. Over the past year the […]

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