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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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Sema Group to slash 15-strong legal panel

Anglo-French IT & business services giant Sema Group is cutting back its UK external law firms from 15 to just one or two. FTSE 100 company Sema, which recorded a 25 per cent growth in turnover to £669m for the first six months of this year, is to put its external legal work out to […]

Seeking higher family values

Clerks in family law chambers deserve a pat on the back: the consensus from family solicitors is that there has been a radical improvement in service from the London family bar in recent times. Jeremy Levison, of niche family firm Levison Meltzer Pigott, says the family bar has become much more user-friendly. “The clerks are […]

Minding the language

The battle for Allied Domecq (see War Story pages 22-23) turned on an unfortunate comment by Whitbread’s chief executive, the fallout from which was that Whitbread lost the battle. In some sectors Whitbread’s adviser Clifford Chance became the scapegoat. Such criticisms are obviously unfair but they highlight a problem for firms. A law firm’s role […]

TSG claims fees used to save OSS

The Trainee Solicitors’ Group (TSG) is accusing the Law Society of reneging on a promise not to profit from students and instead using their surpluses to help bail out the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS). The TSG claims the Society receives nearly £1.5m a year from students on the Legal Practice Course. Each […]

Hammond Suddards handles second deal for internet client

Hammond Suddards has completed a second acquisition for an internet sports client it took from SJ Berwin. The firm advised on AIM- listed Sports Internet Group’s purchase of offshore, tax-free bookmaker Surrey Group for £19.7m. In May, Hammonds acted for PlanetFootball.com in Sports Internet’s £26m purchase of the website provider (The Lawyer, 24 May). Sports […]

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