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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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Designers appeal to Lords

Designers Guild and Russell Williams (Textiles) may go to the House of Lords in a copyright tussle. Designers Guild successfully sued Russell Williams in the High Court last year, alleging infringement of copyright in one of its fabric designs. However, Russell Williams succeeded in overturning the decision on appeal. The Appeal Court ruled there had […]

Robert Hunter

Nick Gillies meets Robert Hunter, the man at the heart of Allen & Overy’s trust, asset tracing and fraud group. Friday morning at the High Court and the benches are packed with barristers eager to get on with their applications. Robert Hunter – recently voted one of the five outstanding practitioners in civil fraud – […]

UK firms lead the way

This week The Lawyer 100 survey reveals that lawyers are contributing more than two per cent of the UK’s gross domestic product. The flip side of the top 100 firms earning over u5bn in gross fees is that clients are spending a record amount for legal advice. The question they may start to ask is […]

Putting a bet on CFAs

Last week, Linklaters’ head of advocacy, Mark Humphries, bought a racehorse and called it “No Win, No Fee”. His purchase coincides with his firm’s announcement that it will be the first magic circle law firm to advise clients to enter into conditional fee agreements (CFAs) as policy in certain cases. Linklaters is hedging its bets […]

Cornhill Insurance cuts advisers to reduce costs

Cornhill Insurance is cutting down the number of its external legal advisers as part of a cost-cutting exercise. The law firms facing the axe are those providing insurance litigation advice to Cornhill’s claims and services department. According to industry sources, Cornhill will send out invitations to tender to a selected number of firms in late […]

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