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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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In brief: Herbert Smith

Law firms have some of the worst credit ratings in the country. A survey of 1.3 million sole traders and partnerships by ICC Information lists 28,000 legal and accountancy firms in the worst 10 per cent. The legal profession as a whole ranks 540 out of the 911 sectors surveyed.

Wilde Sapte's exit rules attract French scrutiny

Wilde Sapte is bracing itself for a possible partner exodus if a judgment on its controversial policy preventing more than two senior equity partners leaving each year is ruled unlawful. The ruling by a French judge is due this week. Tom McDonald, a partner in Wilde Sapte’s Paris office, entered arbitration with the French bar […]

All systems go when firms merge?

Preparing for merger can be one huge headache. Pay structures, partnership deeds and client lists are all areas that have to be addressed if firms are to be compatible and the marriage is to work. But one of the biggest headaches of all is how to merge the IT capacity of two or more firms. […]

In brief: 1 Crown Office Row

1 Crown Office Row, the chambers of Mark Strachan QC, is moving to refurbished premises at 3 Hare Court. The move, which will take place at the end of the year, will enable all tenants at the general commercial and common law set to be housed on one site.

Dibbs launches new rapid response unit

Dibb Lupton Alsop claims to have launched the UK’s first “rapid response team” to advise on emergencies – but rivals claim that they have provided the service for years and that it is a marketing gimmick by Dibbs. A round-the-clock service manned by a 30-strong Dibbs team plans to cash in on providing immediate advice […]

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