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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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Fishburn Morgan Cole bails out of its three-year merger

Morgan Cole and Fishburn Boxer have admitted defeat in their efforts to make their 1999 merger work and have opted to go their separate ways The niche London insurance practice, which has been trading as Fishburn Morgan Cole, will regain its independence, despite Morgan Cole partners stumping up considerable funds to cover costs at the […]

Maclays creates two roles in management shake-up

Leading Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens has undergone a management shake-up to introduce a corporate management structure It has resulted in two new posts: executive chairman and chief executive. Michael Walker, currently the firm’s managing partner, will be appointed as executive chairman, while Magnus Swanson will become chief executive. Both posts will be effective […]

Cayman corporate ace starts up new firm

The founding partner of Walkers, a leading Cayman Islands firm, has launched his own firm on the island, named Stuarts William Walker is understood to have hired lawyers from the small Caymans firm CS Gill & Co, as well as his son, who has spent a short time at Walkers. He has also been advertising […]

Hewitsons hires Minter Ellison IP specialist

Cambridge-based Hewitson Becke + Shaw has hired intellectual property partner Mark Elmslie from Minter Ellison in Australia Elmslie spent 12 years in London, including three years as partner with Finers Stephens Innocent, before returning to his native Australia in 2000 to become special counsel to the IP group of Minter Ellison. “Clients are increasingly realising […]

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