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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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Merger must come top of the agenda

Merger mania has once more hit the legal profession. According to the Smith & Williamson survey which contacted 35 partnerships of varying sizes, 86 per cent of firms have made an approach or been approached by another firm to discuss merger or acquisition. All the firms surveyed which have between 11 and 49 partners, have […]

Freshfields reshuffle puts Salz in top post

ANTHONY Salz, the high profile head of Freshfields’ corporate department, is to become the City firm’s new senior partner. Salz takes over from John Grieves, who is due to retire. Grieves has been a partner at the firm since 1964 and held the top job for the last five years. The firm says that the […]

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For the most part, UK law firms with more than 25 partners will either have already taken the decision to hire professional help to assist with their marketing, or have it on the agenda. But firms sometimes bring professional marketing expertise on board without having first worked out what they want. Unless the firm has […]

Bar Council clears libel lawyer of misconduct

John Malpas reports A LEADING libel lawyer has been cleared by the Bar Council following a plaintiff’s charge that he pursued an unmeritorious action against him to earn a fee. The Bar Council’s professional conduct committee dismissed the complaint against James Price QC after deciding that there was no evidence of professional misconduct over his […]

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