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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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Legal aid set for massive shake-up

The legal aid market is set for massive upheaval in a series of reforms that will change the way practitioners work and are paid. The changes will come following Lord Carter of Coles’ review of legal aid procurement, whic was published last week (13 July). A year of intensive work has led to the most […]

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Is Linklaters stalking The Lawyer? Last November’s three-day conference for the great and good of the in-house market was held at the Hotel Des Arts in Barcelona. Guess which magic circle firm chose the same time and place to hold its annual partner retreat? Clue: it start with an ‘L’. Now news reaches Tulkinghorn that […]

Wachtell fights hedge fund activism

Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz has joined the throng of vocal opposition to a recent ruling rejecting the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) rule requiring hedge fund advisers to register under the Investment Advisers Act. The New York heavyweight, which is known for its anti-activist hedge fund stance, voiced its discontent at the ruling in […]

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Recent rulings have brought charities to the forefront of public service. By Chris Priestley The role of charities in the provision of public services has evolved dramatically in recent years and looks to have been given centre stage in the current Government’s agenda. In the immediate aftermath of World War II the UK public and […]

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