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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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Clydes and Irwin Mitchell brought in on Abacha case

Byrne & Partners, the firm set up by former Decherts fraud specialist partners, has brought in Clyde & Co and Irwin Mitchell to act for the family of deceased Nigerian dictator General Sani Abacha in pending High Court litigation. Bernard O’Sullivan, the relationship partner for the Abachas who is now at Byrnes, has brought in […]

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They do things differently at Taylor Vinters, and it seems to be working. The Cambridge-based firm broke the £10m turnover barrier for the first time during the last financial year, despite a difficult corporate and commercial market. According to managing partner Christine Berry, the growth in turnover has been driven by an increase in restructuring […]

Hodgart parts with Hildebrandt

Strategy consultant Alan Hodgart is leaving Hildebrandt International to set up his own business. Hodgart, a well-known commentator in the legal sector, merged his business Hodgart Temporal with Hildebrandt three years ago. First reported on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 11 June

Wachtell lawyers face court appearance against client Martha Stewart

New York’s Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz may soon be viewing the trial process from the other side after it emerged that two of its partners could be called as witnesses in the case against client Martha Stewart.Litigation partners Lawrence Pedowitz and John Savarese may be asked to the stand as witnesses for the prosecution. […]

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