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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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New media guru predicts trouble for non-believers

Richard Susskind is the nearest the profession has to a new media guru. Claire Smith meets the man who says no lawyer should believe that they are immune to developments around them Richard Susskind is at the heart of some of the most crucial discussions going on at the likes of Allen & Overy Clifford […]

Akin Gump loses senior partner

Top corporate transactional partner Keith Hughes specialises in US securities law, private equity and M&A transactions. He set up Akin Gump’s London office in 1997 and has been a senior partner in the office ever since. Moving with him is a four year qualified associate, Maherin Gangat, who has worked with him on a number […]

The Firm

A meeting between Jack Pratchard, Tom Henderson and a new client. Henderson: You know what our problem is Jack? Pratchard: Ermm, we’re comically incompetent and corrupt to such an extent that it’s unrealistic that we’re still in business – yet still manage to earn millions in a never fully explained fashion. Henderson: No, young Pinochet. […]

Case of the week

Relatives of some of the 96 Liverpool fans killed at Hillsborough had to sit through videotapes of the crush at the Sheffield Wednesday ground in 1989. The families were attending the opening of the trial of former chief superintendent David Duckenfield and former superintendent Bernard Murray. The pair deny the manslaughter of two representative victims, […]

UK counsel 'touts' face prosecution

Some of London’s leading chambers face being blacklisted by Hong Kong’s Bar Council after “illegally” touting for business there. Mr Justice Patrick Chan Siu-oi, Hong Kong’s chief judge, is understood to be considering a crackdown on foreign barristers who use glossy brochures and cocktail parties to tout for business. Specific complaints have been made against […]

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