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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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New year, new job? Plenty of you must have resolved to update the CV, but how many of you would resort to joining the bean counters? Quite a few it would seem. Finance partners are the latest targets for the aggressive poaching of the accountancy-tied law firms, with both Andersen Legal and Tite & Lewis […]

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, […]

Brief encounter: Burness

Burness has, along with many other firms throughout Scotland and the UK, had a strong period of growth in 2000 and is optimistic as to what 2001 has to bring. But in other ways the firm differs from the crowd. Its managing partner Alan Stewart was the former head of legal at Clydesdale, and apart […]

Private life

After many years in the wilderness, private client departments have rediscovered a favourable profile, even at the leading City firms. At Macfarlanes, however, private client work has never been out of fashion. In fact, last year the department had the highest billable hours in the firm, despite its reputation as the Slaughter and May for […]

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