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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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Four quit set over legal aid work

Four barristers, including one QC, have quit Leeds set 9 Woodhouse Square to form a new chambers, after a disagreement over how best to respond to the Government’s legal aid reforms. The new set, to be called Mercury Chambers and led by Benjamin Nolan QC, says it will do far less legal aid work than […]

In brief: Lovells' Gentleman goes to Fishburn Hedges

Lovell White Durrant’s marketing communications manager, Fenella Gentleman (pictured) is leaving to join public relations and design consultancy Fishburn Hedges as an associate director on 20 July. Gentleman joined Lovells in 1994 and headed a team of 12 responsible for public relations across the firm’s offices.

In brief: Lane-Smith elected Dibbs senior partner

Former Alsop Wilkinson chairman Roger Lane-Smith has been elected senior partner of Dibb Lupton Alsop, replacing Robin Smith who stands down on 1 May. Lane-Smith was made deputy senior partner of Dibb Lupton Alsop after it was created by merger in October 1996. Dibbs’ newly elected management board contains only one former Alsop Wilkinson partner […]

In brief: Partnership promotions

Stephenson Harwood will make up six partners in the areas of tax, shipping, banking and project finance on 1 May. Three are based in the UK with the others in Piraeus, Singapore and Hong Kong. Dibb Lupton Alsop has appointed 17 new partners, including four each in the corporate and commercial litigation departments with effect […]

UK firms expand China outfits

Denton Hall and Linklaters have bolstered their Chinese practices, hiring the heads of the China outfits of Canadian firm Goodman Phillips & Vineberg and Australian firm Allen Arthur Robinson respectively. Linklaters has appointed Zill Shao, a Chinese-qualified lawyer and currently head of the China practice of Allens Arthur Robinson in Hong Kong. Shao’s departure from […]

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