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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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Square Mile

So City law firms need to be more “media savvy” (David McIntosh, Square Mile, 18 March). Well, who could disagree? But how many know what media savvy really means? All too often, media savvy is regarded as just issuing a stream of 250-word press releases and chatting to a journo when it suits the partners. […]

Insolvency star quits Dibbs for Stephensons

Leading insolvency partner Paul Gordon-Saker is leaving Dibb Lupton Alsop to join rival City firm Stephenson Harwood. Gordon-Saker was with Dibbs for 36 years. He was head of Dibbs’ insolvency practice in London until last year and will head Stephenson Harwood’s insolvency team in June. Dibbs’ insolvency unit has lost a number of partners to […]

Camerons' eastern promise set to go West

Cameron McKenna is set to follow the likes of Clifford Chance and Linklaters & Alliance into the risky game of global expansion (The Lawyer, 15 March). This week, the firm will officially announce plans to expand its business into North America. In April it will make a second announcement which will reveal details of its […]

Linklaters takes credit for Bluewater complex

Linklaters has led a host of top City firms advising on the new Bluewater out-of-town shopping centre in Kent. Billed as Europe’s largest shopping complex development, Bluewater has cost more than u350m to build. Cutting-edge property finance advice over the past year has cost a “considerable amount” in legal fees, say sources. Linklaters is advising […]

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Johnnie Cochran, ex-lawyer to OJ Simpson. Cochran has teamed up with rap star Puff Daddy (above) to launch a restaurant chain. It is a shrewd move on Cochran’s part – Puff is already beating Madonna and Michael Jackson in the empire-building stakes, with a company worth around u200m. The Lawyer, which has been hailed by […]

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