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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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Nelsons aims for nationals' regional work

Nelson & Co has poached lawyers from Hammond Suddards, Eversheds and Sheffield firm Graysons in a bid to target work normally done by national firms. Tim Wimbush has moved from Graysons to become a corporate partner at Nelsons. Peter Middleton joins after being a commercial litigation lawyer for 10 years at Eversheds in Teesside. He […]

Will the Third World open to business?

Kees Jan Kuilwijk, senior associate, Herbert Smith Tom McQuail, partner, Lovell White Durrant Konstantinos Adamontopolous, head of european law, Hammond Suddards City lawyers are looking forward to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial talks, where governments will thrash out the agenda for the liberalisation of financial services in the Third World. The talks will take […]

New additions to the family

Family law covers a broad practice range, from the divorce of Mr and Mrs Average to international child abduction. But judging by the competition for work, the sexiest area is big-money settlements. A large chunk of this work is divided between the magic circle family lawyers, an elite group who are distinguished, says one member, […]

In brief: Dibb Lupton Alsop

Dibb Lupton Alsop’s head of operations, Andrew Chappell, is to quit the firm at the end of the year to set up an online stamp collecting service with his father. The Bradford-based partner, who for the past two years has run Dibb Lupton Alsop jointly with managing partner Nigel Knowles, has been with the firm […]

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