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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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Is there a lawyer in the house?

Investment bank JP Morgan’s in-house legal team has suffered three high-profile departures in five months. Barbara Jones is quitting her post as regional counsel for capital markets in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Allen Hanen, once the US investment bank’s head of legal for the same region, has also gone. And Jim Wickenden has left […]

DoE awards Dibbs PFI contracts

Dibb Lupton Alsop is masterminding PFI projects for the Department of Education (DoE) in Northern Ireland. The firm has advised the DoE on a PFI-funded school in Dungannon, plus the provision of accommodation and services at a college in Londonderry. Four other PFI projects in the province are in the pipeline, all of which will […]

A&O and KPMG argue over taxman

Confusion surrounds Allen & Overy’s claim that it is poaching two senior tax specialists from Linklaters and big five accountants KPMG. The law firm says accountancy partner and VAT specialist Peter Mendham is joining its practice at the beginning of next year, and senior tax associate Stephen Taylor is joining from Linklaters in November. But […]

Lincoln's Inn faces employment protest

Lincoln’s Inn is facing embarrassment as builders working on a multi-million pound chambers refurbishment threaten action over alleged breaches of employment legislation. Nearly 50 builders working on refits at four, five and six New Square Chambers claim they have not received their holiday entitlement. And they are threatening to chain themselves to railings at Lincoln’s […]

Singaporean firms merge for invasion

Two Singapore firms have merged to form the nation’s second-largest law practice in an attempt to compete with the threat posed by competition from overseas firms. Lawyers from other countries are due to be given the go-ahead to practice Singapore law for financial transactions by linking with local firms. The country’s legal services review committee, […]

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