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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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It may not be classy, but sometimes the temptation to crow a little when you’re proved right is simply too strong. Astute readers may recall a story earlier this year about former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) director Alan Beller returning to his old stomping ground of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Okay, it’s an […]

Property boom drives Semple Fraser turnover growth

Scottish firm Semple Fraser has posted a 21 per cent rise in turnover to £13m, the third consecutive year of 20 per cent plus growth. The 24-partner firm is best known for property, with clients including Sir Robert McAlpine, Land Securities and the Resolution Group (formerly Royal and SunAlliance). The firm’s managing partner Alister Fraser […]

Howes lures Ofcom exec for East Anglia

East Midlands firm Howes Percival is planning to ramp up its corporate and commercial capabilities in East Anglia following the hire of former WilmerHale partner and non-executive director of Ofcom Stephanie Liston. Liston is renowned in the telecoms sector after a career in which she has has enjoyed spells at Fulbright & Jaworski, MCI, Freshfields […]

Ricksons boosts turnover via diversification

Northern insurance firm Ricksons has profited from diversification, with a 23 per cent turnover rise to £13m. The increase was driven primarily through the success of the firm’s commercial teams, which now account for around 50 per cent of Ricksons’ turnover compared with 10 per cent just five years ago. The firm’s average profit per […]

Weil: would it really bill for breathing?

Weil Gotshal & Manges was left searching for a rock to crawl under after being forced to admit that its lawyers “don’t communicate”. The rather embarrassing admission came about after US bankruptcy judge Judith Fitzgerald questioned why Weil was charging client Armstrong World Industries for sending a lawyer to observe a hearing in another bankruptcy […]

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