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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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Neil Ogilvie, head of legal at Littlewoods, has a complex role with the company repositioning itself in the market place while downsizing its staff. Mary Murphy reports on the cut and thrust of the high street. This has been a difficult year for retail chain Littlewoods and the Index stores and catalogues. Results for the […]

CC Pünder partner quits to join A&O

Allen & Overy‘s Frankfurt office has poached a corporate partner from rival firm Clifford Chance Pünder. Henning Mennenöh, who will join Allen & Overy on 1 March, is an M&A lawyer with particular experience in international work. He has also been active in training and recruitment at Clifford Chance Pünder and will continue in a […]

HSBC demands global discount from City firms

Firms on the panel of HSBC Holdings could scoop a huge influx of international work after being accepted as the client’s preferred global advisers. Each firm had to submit a tender to Bennett outlining their discount proposals before they were accepted. The eight firms used by HSBC in London were asked to pitch to the […]

A year ago this week

Axa suspends Berrymans and Kennedys from litigation work The Lawyer revealed that Axa Insurance had suspended Berrymans Lace Mawer and Kennedys from handling litigation claims for the company after failing an audit. In a letter dated 10 January 2000, Axa’s external legal advisers were informed that as part of Axa’s legal review, Berrymans’ London office […]

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A bunch of knotters

Wragge & Co is widely regarded as one of the main drivers behind the emergence of Birmingham’s legal community as a force to be reckoned with. Or so Quentin tells Tulkinghorn on a regular basis. But Tulkinghorn is disappointed to discover that Wragges lawyers are just like those everywhere – prone to embarrass themselves at […]

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