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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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Ethical insurance?

“Let’s be very careful not to tar Accident Line Protect (Alp) and other professional providers of legal services with the claims manager’s brush,” says James Innes, chairman of Abbey Legal Protection, the insurance agent behind the scheme. In actual fact, the current furore over claims management companies has given Alp, the Law Society-endorsed conditional fee […]

NGJ rolls out PFI group with Row & Maw hire

Nicholson Graham & Jones is expanding its presence in targeting the growing PFI and public-private partnership (PPP) market with the hire of a projects partner from Rowe & Maw. Christopher Causer takes up the new role as head of Nicholson Graham’s PFI team within its construction and engineering department. Head of department David Race says […]

Addleshaws lures top-flight tax consultant from Pinsents

Addleshaw Booth & Co has appointed a high-profile tax consultant in its Leeds office as a precursor to setting up a private client practice in London. Caroline Hedges joins from Pinsent Curtis Biddle, where she was a tax partner advising trusts, wealthy families and lottery winners on capital and income tax issues. Addleshaws senior partner […]

Matrix adds senior academics to ranks

Matrix Chambers has hired 11 King’s Bench Walk’s academic practitioner Gillian Morris, as well as four senior academics, all of whom are due to join the set as pupils over the next 18 months. The new members are Christine Chinkin, professor of international law at the London School of Economics, Andrew Choo, professor of law […]

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Allen & Overy‘s managing partner of litigation Andrew Clark will stand down in the autumn in order to focus on finding the firm a new home when its lease of One New Change expires in September 2006. Litigator and senior partner John Rink will help coordinate the project with Clark, who will be replaced by […]

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