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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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Irwin Mitchell launches London family team with Kingsley hire

Irwin Mitchell is growing its family law team with the hire of Kingsley Napley partner Elizabeth Hicks. Hicks joins Irwin Mitchell at the start of May and will head up the firm’s London family practice, expanding it from its current presence in Leeds, Sheffield and Birmingham. She will be the firm’s fourth dedicated family law […]

French independent Ginestie launches recruitment drive

French independent Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent & Associés has added six fee-earners to its roster, poaching from domestic rivals and US firms. The firm has hired Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton associate Bruno Bertrand as a corporate partner, as well as promoting Franck Bourgeois. Bourgeois was an associate at Ginestié since 2004, having joined the firm […]

Martineau Johnson: Lateral thinking

Hiring laterals is often a risky business. The different cultures of law firms means HR has to be sensitive to the shock of changing firms, both for the new partner and their expectant team at the new law firm. Diane Price, head of HR at Martineau Johnson, argues that social contact is key. The partner […]

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Solicitors should put their knowledge into practice and not be afraid of taking centre stage in court Competition cases invariably involve complex factual and legal issues covering everything from the relevant regulatory environment to the current and historic market context applicable to the undertakings involved. For those handling the day-to-day legal requirements of companies, this […]

In search of a legal olympian

The race to be general counsel of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Locog) is on, so The Lawyer thought it would steal headhunter Elizabeth Wall’s thunder and put together a quick shortlist. Locog is after a real heavyweight from the corporate world or private practice. The money will be good but not […]

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