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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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The prudent path: merger lite

It was entirely coincidental, but last week’s announcement by Norton Rose that it was merging with Australia’s Deacons came on the morning of The Lawyer Awards, where the former won Law Firm of the Year. Nice timing. Except Norton Rose’s deal down under is a long way from being a merger. The duo will not […]

The hedge row

With hedge fund managers under scrutiny and regulation inevitable, the industry needs to practise effective self-regulation. Lord_Myners Not for the first time is it reported that Brook Street and St James’s are ­reverberating to the sound of expensive luggage being packed. Hedge fund managers are retreating to the more congenial surroundings of Zurich and elsewhere to carry out […]

Wragges’ office move put on ice by developer

Wragge & Co is to have its move into new Birmingham headquarters delayed by a year because the ­developer has yet to fill the rest of the building. The firm signed terms last year to take approximately two-thirds of the 300,000sq ft building at Two Snowhill in what was the largest pre-let in the second […]

Hammonds creates firm network to boost cross-selling of practices

Hammonds has set up a partner and associate forum in its London office designed to aid business development and the cross-selling of ­practices at the firm. Equity capital markets partner Andrew Watson and employment partner David Whincup are leading the earners forum, set up by London head Robert Weekes. Weekes said: “An area that we […]

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