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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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Cadwalader turns to A&O to fill tax gap

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has finally filled the vacancy in its tax group hiring a senior associate from Allen & Overy after the firm’s last appointment was convinced to stay at Clifford Chance. Adam Blakemore will join Cadwalader’s London office as a partner in August. He specialises in the tax aspects of securitisations and structured […]

Wedlake Bell to boost corporate on back of turnover hike

Wedlake Bell has seen its turnover rise by 16.6 per cent to just less than £20m as the firm launches an ambitious plan to bolster its corporate capability. The firm, known for its real estate capability, posted a turnover figure of £19.66m for 2005-06, up from £16.8m the previous year. Profit per equity partner increased […]

DLA Piper Germany

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Dickinson Dees makes up five to partnership

Newcastle-based firm Dickinson Dees has made up five lawyers to the partnership, its highest number of promotions in four years. Last year the firm made up two partners and brought in two laterals. In 2004-05 Dickinson Dees promoted four, while in 2003-04 the firm made up two partners. The latest round of promotions brings the […]

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