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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 […]

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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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Fennemores collapses as three more partners quit

Fennemores is set to dissolve this autumn after three partners and a large team of lawyers announced they were joining rival Milton Keynes firm Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors. The embattled £11m turnover firm has been hit by a series of departures during the past months, beginning with the resignation of three partners in November 2005 to […]

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Helen Parker, one of the founding partners of employment boutique Aldridge Parker and previously a partner at Bird & Bird, has launched a new niche employment and business immigration practice called Parker & Co. The move follows Parker’s split earlier this year with former partner Corinne Aldridge, with whom she founded Aldridge Parker. Aldridge joined […]

Cleary and Wachtell help to create banking giant

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz have helped to create one of the US’s largest banking institutions after advising on Capital One Financial’s $14.6bn (£8.4bn) acquisition of North Fork Bank. Capital One will acquire North Fork through a mixture of equity and cash. North Fork shareholders will receive cash or […]

In-house lawyer salaries hit £150K in North West

Top in-house lawyers in the North West can now command salaries of up to £150,000 after a year that saw pay packages rise across the region. The average salary for senior in-house counsels in the North West rose from £82,386 in 2004 to £86,000 last year. Salaries for junior in-housers rose too, with a one-year […]

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