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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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Directive criticised

The president of the Paris Bar has criticised the proposed European Rights of Establishment directive. Speaking last month at the opening of the Paris Bar year, Bernard Vatier said that it gave foreign lawyers and host state lawyers similar status in terms of professional activity and codes of practice, but gave them different titles. He […]

Linklaters forced out of brewery bid work

Linklaters & Paines was squeezed out of the latest mega-merger in the brewing sector because of a potential conflict of interest. Bass is paying £200 million to take over Allied Domecq’s half share in Carlsberg-Tetley, the joint venture brewing operation owned by Allied and Danish drinks giant Carlsberg. But Linklaters was denied a piece of […]

Rewarding time for legal excellence

This week sees the launch of The Lawyer Awards, the third-year running for this major event in the legal calender. When the awards were started three-years ago, it was difficult to envisage that they would catch the imagination of the profession to the extent that they have. Last year’s entries surpassed all expectations and we […]

The call of the West Country

With the revival in the South West’s legal market, perhaps the phrase ‘Go West, young lawyer’ will be heard more often in London chambers. There has been a notable expansion in many of the chambers on the circuit, such as All Saint’s Chambers in Bristol, which now has 12 more barristers in chambers than last […]

In brief: Croydon firms form alliance

Ormerod Wilkinson Marshall and The Heap Partnership are merging to form the largest firm in Croydon, south-east London. OWM is headed by former Law Society president Sir John Wickerson. The alliance comes as OWM loses its head of litigation, John Wilkinson, who has been appointed a district judge by the Lord Chancellor. He takes up […]

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