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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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Message in a bottle

The new economy seems to have passed Tulkinghorn by. Just as he and Mrs Tulkinghorn were learning to send electronic messages, he is now told that, as a profit-making venture, this new technology has had its day. It therefore comes as no surprise, Tulkinghorn supposes, that e-commerce firm McNeive has supplemented its business of offering […]

Law of the locale

Local government law and practice has been the subject of much litigation over the last few months. Padraig O'Briain examines some of the more important cases that have come up

Oppenhoff speeds into Linklaters' UK lockstep

German partners finally achieve parity with London as Oppenhoff posts better than expected figures Linklaters has thrashed out a new remuneration package with Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler, bringing forward the entry of the German partners into the UK lockstep.The new deal was struck in the run-up to last week’s partnership retreat. It replaces the old […]

UTC plumps for Edwin Coe as external counsel

United Technologies Corporation (UTC) has chosen a small Lincoln’s Inn firm as its preferred counsel for the UK. Edwin Coe, the 21-lawyer firm instructed by UTC, said that the appointment was made in the face of stiff opposition from a “group of magic circle firms”.Edwin Coe has worked on an ad-hoc basis for UTC for […]

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