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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 […]

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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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MoD ditches three from PPP law panel

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BT invites Pinsents to join list of advisers

BT has increased its reliance on national firms by adding Pinsent Curtis Biddle to its club of regular legal advisers. The telecoms giant does not operate a formal panel, but the group of firms it instructs regularly includes Linklaters, Ashurst Morris Crisp and Birmingham-based Wragge & Co.Leeds head of property at Pinsents Adrian Barlow is […]

Matthew Arnold wins StepStone job

Watford-based Matthew Arnold & Baldwin has scooped a high-profile instruction. The firm has been retained by BDO Stoy Hayward, liquidators of online recruitment agency StepStone.co.uk.StepStone.co.uk hit the headlines late last year when parent company, Norway’s StepStone ASA, announced that it would no longer provide financial support for its UK operation. StepStone.co.uk was subsequently put into […]

Eversheds votes in new profit share

Eversheds partners have voted in favour of a new profit-share system to increase dramatically the merit-based element of partner remuneration. Of the 188 equity partners entitled to vote, 166 voted in favour of the new scheme in December.The scheme will make the merit-based element in excess of 30 per cent of the balance, after fixed-share […]

A true calling

Michelle Foster, head of legal for Symbian, a joint venture between fierce mobile phone rivals, is surprisingly contented for someone in such a high-pressure role. Fiona Callister reports

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