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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Donovan Leisure loses 40 to Orrick Herrington

(Richard Tyler ) The future of New York firm Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine hangs in the balance following the exodus of a 40-lawyer litigation team to the New York office of bi-coastal firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. The mass defection has left Donovans with fewer than 30 lawyers, spread between its New York, Los […]

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Cameron Mckenna advised Pearl Assurance on its £68m property swap of retail parks in Watford and Maidenhead with Gartmore, advised by Travers Smith Braithwaite.

Remove QCs' aura of secrecy

Your ‘Silks Special’ (The Lawyer, 7 April) raised a number of interesting arguments. Much of the argument, though, seemed to focus on the income of QCs rather than whether QCs offer a value for money product. There are, from personal experience, those who seem rather fortunate to have become QCs. Several years ago I recall […]

Barristers benefit

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Barristers’ Benevolent Association (BBA), a fundraising concert is being held on 6 May in the Temple Church. Contact Terence Mowschenson QC at the BBA, 14 Grays Inn Square for tickets.

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