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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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Work Life Quiz: Paul Shrubsall, One Essex Court

What was your first-ever job?I worked in an antique shop. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Having to do ‘noting up’ – an arcane system of cross-referencing law reports. It’s so old I doubt anyone would remember it. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on […]

The Nationals

Eversheds may have retained its place as the UK’s largestnational firm in 2006-07 (its turnover of £356m was acountry mile from nearest rival Pinsent Masons’ revenue of £192.4m), but it is Shoosmiths that boasts by far the highest average revenue per lawyer (RPL). Although it recorded a comparatively tiny turnover of just £95m, Midlands-based Shoosmiths […]

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There are three giants in the London finance market: Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters, and all had a successful year during the boom. There are three giants in the London finance market:Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters, and all had a successful year during the boom. But outside the top […]

Fulbright bulks up in UAE

US firm Fulbright & Jaworski has strengthened its presence in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with three new recruits and the relocation of a US partner. Former Denton Wilde Sapte associate Richard Devine has joined the firm’s Dubai office, to which Fulbright partner Randel Young has been relocated. Richard Tyner, who joins the Saudi office […]

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