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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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Capitalising on capitalism

Despite harsh laws and a lack of local talent, Eastern block countries can be a fruitful area for expansion, writes Chris Fogarty. When the Berlin wall, dividing communist East and free market West, came down in 1989, lawyers were among the first to climb through the rubble and into the former Soviet satellites. The last […]

New recruits double pay at Cadwaladers

Six more City lawyers are likely to have doubled their pay by accepting offers to join the London office of US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. Simmons & Simmons’ insolvency partner James Roome is going, together with insolvency assistant Yvette Croucher. Croucher is understood to have been tempted by Cadwaladers’ London salary for three-year qualifieds […]

MDP illegality probe by Canadian lawyers

A working committee of top Canadian lawyers is examining whether the current ban on multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs) in Canada is illegal. It is also drawing up a model of how MDPs should be regulated if the ban is lifted. The committee, formed by last month’s mid-winter conference of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, […]

Birmingham Partner faces fraud charges

West Midlands fraud squad has charged the senior partner of Birmingham firm James Beauchamp with stealing more than £73,000 from clients. The firm closed in June last year having hit the headlines a month earlier when it sent a £12,000 bill to the mother of one of its solicitors who had killed himself, charging for […]

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