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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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Friends in high places

The marketing department at Beachcroft Wansbroughs recently received a phone call from a consultancy company keen to hook up with the firm on a joint venture generating healthcare work. The consultant was informed by a Beachcrofts marketing person that he would need to speak with the firm’s senior partner Lord Hunt of Wirrall. “Lord Hunt?” […]

Maples Teesdale

With private client gone, expansion is on the cards for Maples Teesdale Holborn-based Maples Teesdale lost its three-partner private client team earlier this year to Lee & Pembertons (The Lawyer, 15 July). Ian Lane, Joan Rees and Sally Wilkins moved to the Victoria-based firm with consultant Michael Lang and three legal executives. With another partner […]

Film bluffs

Tulkinghorn realises that City law firms should grab every available opportunity to associate themselves with the cool and glamour of Hollywood, but Allen & Overy’s (A&O) latest desperate attempt falls short in every department. Picture the scene. Marketing executives and partners enter a huddle to decide the name for their seminar on the wireless industry. […]

Wragges, Herbert Smith act on King's College sale

Wragge & Co lateral Gerald Bland teamed up with a former Herbert Smith colleague to help resolve the high-profile fight over ‘Block Nine’, a prized London site owned by King’s College. The battle culminated in the college council’s decision not to sell the land opposite the Houses of Parliament to Allen & Overy client the […]

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