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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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LLPs – and the problems they bring with them – are becoming more common. William Wastie on the numerous hurdles to overcome The move to limited liability partnership (LLP) status for UK law firms is gathering pace. The pressure for change is being driven not just by a desire to move away from unlimited personal […]

CMS seals Iberian link-up with former Lovells suitor Albinana

CMS has at last signed an Iberian member after scooping one of Spain’s few remaining independent firms, Lovells’ former prospective merger partner Albinana Suarez de Lezo (ASL). The Spanish corporate and finance firm, with offices in Madrid, Seville and Marbella, formally acceded to the CMS alliance late last month. It will practise under the CMS […]

Government fights accusations of UK’s “growing compensation culture”

The government has today (November 10) vehemently denied suggestions that there is a growing “compensation culture” in this country – a stance welcomed by the insurance industry. Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, speaking at an insurance conference in London this morning, said: “My view is clear – I am opposed to the idea, or anything […]

Man power

Star partners are increasingly likely to join a new firm with their clients in tow. Law firms need to cover their backs. By Stephen Ralph “Clifford Chance prepares for exit of top rainmaker” (The Lawyer, 11 Oct) and “DWS left shellshocked as eleven media/IP partners defect to DLA” (The Lawyer, 4 Oct) are just two […]

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