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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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Hammonds opens global public law dept in Brussels

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CASE STUDY: REBECCA NEWSON

Rebecca Newson studied law and European legal studies at Durham before going on to do her Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the College of Law at York. Given her time again she would not choose to go the Common Professional Examination (CPE) route. “I chose my degree because it was something that I was interested […]

Watkins sent to Reed Smith Coventry

Reed Smith Warner Cranston has bolstered its property practice with the hire of former Eversheds partner Nigel Watkins to its Coventry office. Watkins left Eversheds’ Birmingham office last month after 33 years, where he was key in creating the national firm. His departure is unrelated to the process currently underway of slicing an estimated 10 […]

Hugh James launches sports dept

South Wales firm Hugh James Ford Simey has set up a specialist sports law department. Existing clients include sprinters Colin Jackson and Linford Christie and boxer Nicky Piper. The firm’s work for the Welsh Rugby Union and Wales Millennium Stadium has included the contract work to build the stadium, securing the 1999 Rugby World Cup […]

Brief encounter: Hausmann & associÉs

Last month, French firm Hausmann & Associés announced that it was merging with UK national firm Hammond Suddards Edge. Senior partner Christian Hausmann has finally found a firm that fits. Hausmanns was set up on 1 July 1995 and its name partner has been instrumental in establishing its reputation. Hausmann, who is German, has a […]

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