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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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Hewitson Becke + Shaw in Cambridge has made two of its solicitors partners in the corporate team. Simon Portman is part of the firm’s bioscience team and has experience in intellectual property, research and development and licensing work. Elizabeth Davies has been promoted from within the corporate department.

Beachcrofts' Birmingham office lands city council advisory role

Beachcroft Wansbroughs’ Birmingham office has been appointed to a new role working alongside the City Council’s strategic procurement services division.`Beachcrofts will provide the department with specialist legal and strategic advice and will work on specific projects on an outsourcing basis.`The team also expects to be assisting the department in meeting the requirements of best value. […]

W&A and Ford Gunningham join forces

Wiltshire private client specialists Wood & Awdry and Ford Gunningham have agreed to merge to strengthen their legal and financial services. The new firm now operates as Wood Awdry & Ford from offices in Chippenham and Marlborough.`Richard Ford of Ford Gunningham and Christopher Yates of Wood & Awdry become joint senior partners. A new management […]

The Leader Column

Beware the apathy. Last year, it was only a surprisingly generous Law Society that saved a raft of firms, both large and small, from punitive premiums on their professional indemnity (PI) insurance, as it moved from the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (Sif) to the open market.`The Law Society allowed firms that missed the 1 September deadline […]

Sweet home Chicago

Chicago is a major business centre for the US and has been long served by a core of law firms with Windy City roots. Chicago’s top firms – Kirkland & Ellis, Mayer Brown & Platt, McDermott Will & Emery, Sidley & Austin and Winston & Strawn – have the histories, geographical presence, client and deals […]

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