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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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Shearman's Paris chief deserts to Hammonds

FORMER Shearman & Sterling managing partner William Lee will this week join City firm Hammond Suddards. Lee, who managed the Paris office of the US firm, will take a consultative role in the corporate finance department as part of a strategic move to expand in the UK and internationally. He says: “Hammonds is a firm […]

Fraser Younson

One of the gurus of employment law in the City, Fraser Younson is setting up his own department at McDermotts. Sean Farrell examines the details.

New partner numbers down at Freshfields

Freshfields has dropped the number of annual partner promotions by a third and has continued to shun London lawyers in favour of its overseas offices. Last year the firm made up 17 of its lawyers to partner level, while this year the number is down to 11. Only four in the London office have joined […]

Oyster farmer seeks damages on appeal

Roger Pearson reports on a Cornish oyster farmer granted a second chance to sue Plymouth Council for loss of earnings. A CORNISH oyster farmer has won the right to mount a second damages claim against Plymouth City Council over the loss of oysters he claims were worth u43,000. He says they died as a result […]

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“It appears Nixon is either running a bar in Spain or has enrolled as a student in Aberystwyth” – A spokesman from the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors speculating as to the whereabouts of Carlisle-based solicitor, Garry Nixon, after his practice was shut down this month.

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