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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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Addleshaws plans LLP and MBO to offload Enact arm

Addleshaw Goddard is set to convert to a limited-liability partnership and spin-off its bulk housing business Enact, probably through a management buyout (MBO). Addleshaw Goddard, the product of a merger between national firm Addleshaw Booth & Co and City firm Theodore Goddard on 1 May, was planning to start life as an LLP, but this […]

It’s official: Freshfields ousted by Linklaters from top level RBS role

Linklaters has sealed its new relationship as preferred PLC-level adviser to the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) by closing the bank’s successful acquisition of Churchill. The magic circle firm is now installed as primary board-level adviser to three of the big five UK clearing banks. As revealed by The Lawyer last week (9 June), the […]

Taylor Vinters

They do things differently at Taylor Vinters, and it seems to be working. The Cambridge-based firm broke the £10m turnover barrier for the first time during the last financial year, despite a difficult corporate and commercial market. According to managing partner Christine Berry, the growth in turnover has been driven by an increase in restructuring […]

Rare national parks inquiry goes way of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

Robert Griffiths QC of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has beaten off several rivals to become counsel to the inquiry investigating a proposal to make the South Downs one of only two national parks to be established in the last half-century.Although the set declined to comment on Griffiths’ fees, they are likely to be substantial considering […]

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