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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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Media shuffle as eight swap firms

Media and entertainment lawyers are on the move this week, with eight relocating to new firms. Davenport Lyons is the biggest winner, gaining two new partners – Richard Moxon and Stephen Digby – and a highly rated associate, Melanie Haddad. Digby, who will head up the intellectual property group, says Davenport Lyons wanted him to […]

Dibbs pays the price of its 'kick ass' culture

IF YOU can never think of a witty remark with which to inscribe a leaving card, spare a thought for those left at Dibb Lupton Alsop, whose collective comic inspiration must be running a little low. Last Friday the drinks were bought in honour of partner Alan Fisher, head of insurance in the London office, […]

Quote of the week

“Will you please stop using headlines that can only discourage the review of decisions that need to be changed.” – Andrew Pinder from Pinders takes umbrage at a “Lord Irvine climbdown” headline that appeared in The Lawyer. Sadly, the original headline, “Lord Irvine’s wise and judicious reconsideration, but not back-down, of earlier wise and judicious […]

Further delay may pay dividends

WE WERE interested to read the piece “ECJ employment ruling is a ‘fudge'” (The Lawyer, 15 February) concerning the recent decision of the European Court of Justice on Nicole Seymour-Smith’s unfair dismissal claim. While further delay is unhelpful to employers facing claims that have been stayed by the tribunals, there is a possible benefit to […]

David Dickinson

David Dickinson is just getting into his stride as the public face of Simmons & Simmons. He is due to take over from Alan Morris as managing director in April. Sean Farrell talks to a lawyer who’s got his work cut out “I hate talking about myself,” says David Dickinson. Simmons & Simmons’ new managing […]

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