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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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US firm shuts up shop after a year

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Comment and Analysis: Two plus two makes five at Cameron McKenna?

One year after the merger and there have been no major ructions, but revenue is not exactly flooding in, reports Robert Lindsay. “And this is our new staff dining room,” enthuses Robert Derry-Evans, Cameron Mckenna’s managing partner. “People love it. We’ve put a glass roof on it.” At first Derry-Evans’ pride in a new dining […]

In brief: A quartet of new partners for Wilde Sapte

Wilde Sapte has made up four new partners – (l-r) aviation specialist Brett Hailey has been recruited from Clifford Chance, while David Nanson (project finance), Sarah Coucher (banking) and Jonathan Mahony (asset finance) have been promoted internally.

It has been a bad week for…

Israel’s criminal justice system, the reputation of which received a mauling during the trial of businessman Nahoum Manbar, jailed for selling chemical weapons to Iran. During the trial, his lawyer Amnon Zichroni caused a sensation when he alleged a young intern on his team, 26-year-old Pninat Yanei, had had an intimate relationship with the judge […]

Apil warns Govt over 'flawed' pre-action protocols scheme

THE GOVERNMENT is pressing ahead with plans to introduce pre-action protocols to encourage the early settlement of personal injury claims, despite solicitors’ warnings that the project is flawed. Last week Geoff Hoon, the parliamentary secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD), unveiled two draft pre-action protocols for personal injury and medical negligence claims. The protocols […]

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