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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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Milberg accused of greasing palms

Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach, the firm that The Lawyer last week revealed had been selected to lead the claims against Enron and Arthur Andersen, is the subject of a federal investigation Federal and Pennsylvania authorities are assessing whether Philadelphia City Controller Jonathan Saidel was paid consulting fees from the US firm in exchange […]

Japan set to penalise firms with foreign joint ventures

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations has passed a protectionist measure designed to penalise Japanese firms in joint ventures with foreign lawyers The move comes on the back of a flurry of joint ventures with foreign law firms.In the face of protests from the Law Society of England and Wales, the Japanese legal body has […]

Prisoners of law?

Louise Christian is not a woman to be taken lightly, evidenced by her latest test – demanding that the Government interjects in the Guantanamo situation Louise Christian is enjoying the lull both after and before the storm. The day before we met, she had laid down the gauntlet to the Government over the treatment of […]

Weightmans in hiring spree for practice areas drive

Weightmans has taken on construction and engineering partner Andrew Davies from DLA and barrister Jason Searle from Bullivant Jones Eight other lawyers have switched to Weightmans as the firm pushes key practice areas. Davies spent 10 years at DLA and moves from the Liverpool office, situated above Weightmans in the same building. He said: “Weightmans’ […]

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