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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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Criminal Silk joins Hardwicke Building

Upward, who specialises particularly in fraud cases, will lead the niche group of nearly 30 barristers, replacing former crime head, Zoe Smith who has been made a Circuit Judge on the South Eastern Circuit. Two other senior members of the crime group – Rory Field and Charles Briefel – have both gone on sabbatical: the […]

Alliance & Leicester set to review outside panel

The Alliance & Leicester is the latest bank to review its panel of outside legal advisers. The panel at present is understood to contain Freshfields, Linklaters, Allen & Overy, Slaughter and May, Taylor Joynson Garrett, DLA and Hammond Suddards. Clifford Chance has also carried out work for the bank in the past. Kathrine Hughes, head […]

Ex-Watsons partner in shipping bid

A former Watson Farley & Williams partner is taking on some of the largest shipping firms by setting up his own niche practice. Paul Rodgers has set up Rodgers and Co as a litigation-only boutique operation specialising in shipping and international trade disputes. The practice, based in the London offices of Den Norske Bank, will […]

Clifford Chance now world’s biggest law firm after adding 72 partners…

Clifford Chance‘s international offices are being bolstered by a record number of partnership promotions. The global giant has appointed 72 new partners, 39 more than last year. It now has 630 partners, making it the largest law firm in the world. Clifford Chance’s nearest rival, Baker & McKenzie, has 582 partners. Its internal promotions are […]

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