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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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Clintons forced to restructure firm

Entertainment and media firm Clintons has been forced to restructure its private client department following the departure of a key lawyer to Lawrence Graham. Karen Marks, who says she effectively headed private client work at Clintons, joined her new firm last week. John Siegel, Clintons’ managing partner, says: “When she left we split the job […]

Nelsons aims for nationals' regional work

Nelson & Co has poached lawyers from Hammond Suddards, Eversheds and Sheffield firm Graysons in a bid to target work normally done by national firms. Tim Wimbush has moved from Graysons to become a corporate partner at Nelsons. Peter Middleton joins after being a commercial litigation lawyer for 10 years at Eversheds in Teesside. He […]

Councils must pay mental health bill

Many local authorities throughout the country face having their budgets thrown into disarray by a new High Court ruling over funding of accommodation for discharged mental patients. Mr Justice Sullivan has ruled that authorities are not entitled to insist on discharged patients paying for the accommodation it is stipulated they must live in as a […]

Linklaters advises on £10bn NatWest deal

Linklaters and Slaughter and May have scooped the leading roles on NatWest’s proposed multi-billion pound takeover of Legal & General – throwing into doubt the insurer’s panel line-up. Linklaters is advising NatWest on the £10.75bn takeover attempt in the second major banking insurance deal this year, following Lloyds TSB’s – which Linklaters also represented – […]

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