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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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BVI firm O’Neal Webster moves into London with former Walkers partner

British Virgin Islands (BVI) firm O’Neal Webster has launched a London office, headed up by former Walkers partner Christopher McKenzie. McKenzie joined the firm in May from Walkers, where he headed the private client team in the BVI.  The firm plans to focus particularly on cross-border trust and estate work in London, as well as […]

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Job Watch: Scotland

As the legal profession watches Semple Fraser call in the administrators and Dundas & Wilson reports a slump in net profit it is hardly surprising that the rumour mill is abuzz with talk of the Scottish market’s demise.  The region has certainly seen its fair share of turbulence. Frasia Wright, managing director of Frasia Wright […]

Opt-in privacy regime in the pipeline for a California ballot initiative

On 17 July 2013, former California state senator Steve Peace (director of the film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes) and trial lawyer Michael Thorsnes filed a potentially revolutionary draft ballot initiative with the California Attorney General’s Office. If approved by voters, it would amend the California Constitution to establish a broad opt-in privacy regime with […]

Taylor Wessing cuts 22 support staff roles in admin re-jig

Taylor Wessing is set to axe 22 secretarial roles as its redundancy consultation involving all 96 of the firm’s current UK-based secretarial staff comes to a close. The firm said that the cuts, first announced six weeks ago (18 June 2013) are in response to an “in depth analysis” of its secretarial resource. As a result, […]

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