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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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Domino’s Pizza: crusty lawyer wanted

Domino’s Pizza is recruiting its first UK-based general counsel after employing the services of a legal consultancy to do the job part time for the last five years. A spokesperson from the fast food operator said: “With targets of opening 50 outlets per year, the size of the business is growing exponentially and we’d reached […]

Ashfords guns for Osborne’s SW crown

Ashfords has kick-started a recruitment campaign with four new partners as it aims to become the biggest firm in the South West. Ashfords chief executive Ian Daniells said he aims to grow the firm’s turnover from £23m to £50m within five years to overtake Osborne Clarke as the largest South West firm. “We’re actively looking […]

McGrigors’ national bid extends to Manchester

Scottish firm McGrigors has taken a significant step in its quest to become a UK national firm by opening an office in Manchester. McGrigors – the first major Scottish player to begin positioning itself as a national firm by opening in London in 1987 – will open its first English regional office in January. Managing […]

Dewey repositions to make London key

Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steve Davis has vowed to make London a strategic priority as he moves to position the firm as a transatlantic, rather than a US, player. Davis, who took control of the firm following the October merger between US firms Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae, aims to increase the […]

Harbottle locked in Hollywood fees feud

Harbottle & Lewis managing partner Lawrence Abramson took the stand in the High Court this week to defend the firm’s client handling processes. The media boutique is suing Creative Design Art and its backer Israel Baron for breach of contract. Harbottle claims Baron had instructed the firm to defend a copyright claim brought against filmmakers […]

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