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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 […]

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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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Abbey National nets barrister as it reviews outside advisers

Banking giant Abbey National has poached a barrister from rival Alliance & Leicester. Richenda Kullar has joined the 15-strong legal team as one of its in-house counsel at the same time as Abbey National starts a review of its law panel. Kullar and the bank refuse to comment on her move, but it is thought […]

Leeds united against City rivals

As the hierarchy of the legal profession undergoes radical change, Abigail Townsend asks whether Leeds can remain home to regional firms with truly national ambitions. The legal market is in a state of flux and nowhere is feeling it more than the regions. Globalisation, partner moves and accountants have all shaken up the profession. But […]

Property

Ashurst Morris Crisp represented a consortium consisting of The Berkeley Group, Mansford Holdings, Chelsfield and Compco Holdings on its £59m acquisition of Chelsea Harbour from P&O Property Holdings. Ashursts corporate partner Michael Johns and property partner Guy Wheatcroft headed the team on the deal. Freshfields advised P&O.

Cameron McKenna in management change to boost European growth

The firm has elected senior corporate partner Dick Tyler to replace Robert Derry-Evans as managing partner. Derry-Evans takes up the new post of chief executive. A spokesman for Camerons says the firm decided to “beef up” its management to pursue its European and global expansion strategy more aggressively

Rowe & Maw banking on Branson after lottery win

City firm Rowe & Maw stands to earn fees worth millions of pounds from the National Lottery if Richard Branson succeeds in his bid to run it. The firm has won work advising leading US lottery group Automated Wagering International (AWI), which is supplying the technology for the gaming terminals and central computer system in […]

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