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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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Nicholson Graham & Jones pulls cider marketing man

City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones has recruited Andy Nash, the man credited with building Taunton Cider’s brands, such as Dry Blackthorn, as non-executive director to advise it on marketing strategy. Nash was commercial director at Taunton Cider and part of the successful launch of its premium brands in the early 1990s. When Matthew Clark […]

Training revamp could place Chambers under microscope

CHAMBERS may be subjected to regular inspection visits in order to check up on how they are treating their pupils as part of an overhaul of the pupillage system in a bid to boost its flagging credibility. A working party of The Bar Council and the Inns of Courts has released a consultation document which […]

New Labour, new lawyer

With two barristers ensconced at 10 Downing Street, admittedly one non-practising, and a record number of lawyers in Parliament, it seems the legal profession is in for a radical era. Lawyers are in a bullish mood. Research shows lawyers have advised on more privatisations around the world during the past year than ever before. And […]

Simmons all set to hit Tokyo

Simmons & Simmons plans to open a branch in Tokyo, having successfully pulled together its Shanghai and Hong Kong offices into an integrated China practice earlier this year. Huen Wong, managing partner of the new China practice, said the firm was looking to build a regional presence with the Tokyo base and another South East […]

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