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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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B&M follows Verein conversion with London LLP transformation

The London office of Baker & McKenzie (B&M) is set to convert to limited-liability partnership (LLP) status in the first half of next year. In July, the firm as a whole reorganised to become the first international law firm to operate as a Swiss Verein, having previously been an Illinois partnership. A B&M partner said […]

Goldman Sachs bins paper billing

US investment banking giant Goldman Sachs is taking an innovative step in managing its external legal costs by moving away from traditional paper billing. After a six-month consultation process, Goldman has rolled out a system, in conjunction with Herbert Smith, which will enable the bank to receive electronic bills. The system allows bills, together with […]

Developing a taste for growth

Business development specialists are playing an increasingly important role in today’s law firms. Jonathan Newey explains why As law firms emerge from the recent downturn with a renewed focus on market expansion and improved profitability, recruiters have seen a marked increase in demand for business development specialists. As a result, firms are restructuring departments and […]

DLA furthers German push with CC hire

DLA is accelerating its push into Germany with the hire of Clifford Chance corporate partner Martin Schulte. Düsseldorf-based Schulte will join DLA’s growing Cologne office later this month. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (21 July), DLA debuted in Germany following a split from its former German ally Görg Rechtsanwalte. The split saw DLA poach former […]

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