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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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NHS hacks clinical negligence panel

The National Health Service is slashing at least six firms from its clinical negligence panel in a review of its legal services. It is believed that Trowers & Hamlins, Mills & Reeve, Scrivenger Seabrook, Le Brasseur J Tickle, Davies Arnold Cooper and Crutes are all taking part in an NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) debriefing process […]

FORUM: hedge funds

Hedge funds seem to be the latest recipe for institutional investment success, generating even more work for excited law firms. However, some argue that the risk outweighs the return. They might not currently be available in the retail sector, but a number of banks and traditional asset managers are launching their own products. So are […]

A VIEW FROM MADRID

Over the past year or so there has been an increasing number of international firms moving into Spain. Mobility among lawyers is on the up and the recruitment of high-calibre practitioners is becoming increasingly difficult. The Spanish legal market has become more attractive to major legal firms in the past few years. Simmons & Simmons, […]

Silicon Valley profits soar despite technology slump

Silicon Valley law firms made record profits last year despite enormous salary increases and a downturn in the technology market. A survey in Californian legal newspaper The Recorder shows that the Bay Area’s top 10 firms had a combined revenue of more than $3bn (£2bn) in 2000, an $800m (£540m) increase on 1999. US firms […]

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