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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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Scottish uprising

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Optimism as Addleshaws unfreezes salaries

Addleshaw Goddard has restructured its non-partner bonus arrangement after nobody received the payment last year and, in a sign of greater optimism, has also ended a two-year salary freeze. The firm has introduced a discretionary bonus award for exceptional performance. The pool was calculated at 40 per cent of the amount that would have been […]

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Akin-Orrick merger talks collapse

Talks between US firms Akin Gump Hauer & Feld and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe have broken down just five days after the pair announced they were discussing a possible merger. Last week the firms confirmed they were in discussions over a potential tie-up, but both were reluctant to provide details (29 September 2001). A joint […]

Shearman and Weil top of the Kops

You could say that Bill Shankly will be turning in his grave. But given the ongoing travails of Liverpool over the last few seasons the chances are he’s been on a spin cycle for quite some time now. Either way, the great man would not be happy to see the Anfield club punted around from […]

BHP Law

North East firm BHP Law prides itself on its ability to provide a wide range of services for its predominantly regionally based clients. The firm’s core commercial market is small- and medium-sized companies. The private client side is wideranging, acting for large family trusts as well as members of the general public who need traditional […]

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