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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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In brief: Talks focus on new legal aid rules

District judge Dick Greenslade, assessor to the Woolf committee, and Professor John Baldwin, director of the Institute of Judicial Administration and Professor of judicial administration at Birmingham University, were the lead speakers at an ‘Access to Justice’ conference held at the end of last month. The event, organised by the National Council for Access to […]

Dewey Ballantine goes solo in London

US firm Dewey Ballantine is ending its alliance with City firm Theodore Goddard to establish its own independent London office. Managing partner of Dewey Ballantine in London, Brian Morris, said equal numbers of UK and US lawyers would be recruited for the new office. “We’re hoping to expand to 10 to 20 lawyers within six […]

Touching a raw nerve

I SEEM to have touched a raw nerve with my previous letter, but I remain unrepentant. Every in-house lawyer who deals with solicitors in private practice on a regular basis will recognise a few of these familiar traits. The solicitor who, despite being given clear and copious instructions, does not follow them but subsequently writes […]

Research results give Mortons inspiration

SCOTTISH commercial firms need to be much more up-front about fees, according to independent research on client needs commissioned by Edinburgh firm Morton Fraser Milligan WS. The research was based on in-depth interviews with 10 prestigious commercial clients. It revealed that corporate clients want pricing based on the value of the job, not the time […]

McKennas ups its stakes in Warsaw

The Warsaw office of City firm McKenna & Co has moved to larger offices following rapid expansion. US lawyer Andrew Kozlowski, resident partner in Warsaw, said the firm had grown to 15 lawyers since opening with two lawyers in May 1994. “We’re projecting to grow to 18 to 20 lawyers by the end of the […]

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