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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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UK law firms are engaged in an online bidding war for General Electric (GE) Commercial Finance work, becoming the first country in Europe to test-drive the US company’s electronic lawyer selection process. It is understood that within the past two weeks a handful of UK and US firms have submitted information to the financial services […]

Art for fart’s sake

Tulkinghorn was bemused to hear rumours of a joint bid by Lovells’ Leslie McDonaugh and Linklaters’ Robert Finch to promote the artistic value of elephant dung. On further investigation, Tulkinghorn was relieved to find that the pair are up to their necks in it (in artists, not dung), promoting new talent at the Whitechapel Gallery. […]

Kirkpatrick picks up second Cooley partner

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart has taken its second Cooley Godward partner in as many months, this time to bolster its IP practice. Kathryn Wheble, a partner for ten years at Cooley Godward, will move to Kirkpatrick’s San Francisco office. There she will join Christopher Wright, an anti-trust and trade regulation partner who also, like Wheble, practices […]

Careers: people

Editor of Taxation magazine Malcolm Gunn joined the London tax team at Haarmann Hemmelrath as a tax consultant on 25 May. Gunn will focus on personal income and capital taxation. Thomas Eggar has promoted four assistants to associate status. Employment specialist Paul Gaff is based in London, while commercial property’s Lorraine Sheppard, family specialist Tony […]

Report blames media for compensation culture

The Better Regulation Task Force criticised stories suggesting that the UK is in the grip of a “compensation culture” in a report published last week. ‘Better Routes to Redress’ looks at the perception and management of personal injury claims. It concluded that media reports and claims management companies are encouraging people to make unreasonable claims […]

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