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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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Back to his roots

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Stibbe Simont commits to Continental strategy

European firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot has rebranded itself under the single name of Stibbe. This rebranding acts as confirmation of the firm’s commitment not to seek an Anglo-Saxon merger. Managing partner Allard Metzelaar says of the rebranding: “The main reason for doing this is that it expresses what we are, which is a single, […]

A stake in the future

The idea behind stakeholder schemes was a good one – give low earners a vehicle in which they can save safely and at a low cost through their employer, with all contributions deducted at payroll. Like all good ideas, it is great in theory, but although stakeholder schemes do not come into force until October, […]

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Allied Domecq slashes in-house legal team Allied Domecq slashed its legal team in half just months after it sold its pub retail arm for £2.7bn to Punch Taverns and relocated a division of its legal team from its London head office to Bristol. The news of the cuts coincided with the announcement that Russell Kelley, […]

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