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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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The City is the nucleus of the modern world

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Despite some heavyweight clients and major deals under his belt, Garretts’ head of property Keith Barnett believes in a life outside of the profession. Fiona Callister meets this self-confessed Arsenal fanatic Normally when firms win a large deal it is hard to get them to stop talking about it. Not so with Garretts’ head of […]

Cross-border co-operation

Northern Ireland is rebuilding its economy after the strain of many years of war, and law firms which are now cementing relationships with their southern counterparts are reaping the benefits of referral work. Fenella Quinn reports Northern Ireland’s legal scene is certainly not as large as that enjoyed by its southern neighbours, with even the […]

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Matheu Swallow analyses Cloisters’ predicament following the departure of its entire team of criminal barristers The splitting of Cloisters Chambers’ criminal group from its core civil practice leaves question marks over the economics of operating a niche set. The departure of 17 tenants, in addition to the three who have left in the last year, […]

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