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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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Seven Bedford Row makes fraud team hires

Seven Bedford Row has hired two barristers to bolster its fraud team.Gary Summers has joined from 187 Fleet Street and Sarah Wood from Hardwicke Crime, the offshoot of Hardwicke Buildings.A white collar crime specialist, Summers also has experience of the offshore sector, a market increasingly important at Seven Bedford Row which recently formed an association […]

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It was bonkers, like Willy Wonka’s place, last Monday night (29 November). Linklaters’ communications, media and technology (CMT) team kicked off the party season proper with a champagne reception at Hamleys on Regent Street. The staff shut up shop at 8pm, leaving the Linklaters guests free to wander the store at their leisure and get in some […]

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Lawyers should take advantage of the twelve days of Christmas to review their finances. David Dale provides the lowdown on how to extend your festive cheer The ghost of Christmas presentsChristmas is a time for giving and receiving – which in our modern, consumerist age usually means spending money. In order to make sure you […]

DLA-Piper partners say yes to merger

The $1.4bn (£730m) DLA-Piper Rudnick tie-up was close to winning unanimous support on both sides of the Atlantic as the firms’ partners voted through the merger. As The Lawyer went to press, more than 76 DLA equity partners had already signed up in favour of the merger ahead of Saturday’s (4 December) formal vote. The […]

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