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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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A View from New York

Recently, a US law firm provided me with what it thought was its public relations mandate. “What are you going to do to help us ‘brand’ our firm?” it asked. “What would you like to brand?” I replied. Out came its list of 12 practice areas. “Twelve?” I asked. Forget it. Branding by definition is […]

Get out of jail free

Barristers are usually considered to be highly committed to pro bono but, as Matheu Swallow discovers, the commercial bar has nothing to be proud about When it comes to pro bono, the bar is widely regarded as setting a fine example to the other side of the profession. However, despite its efforts, the bar still […]

US lawyers snub ABA

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) decision to hold its conference in London was applauded initially by many as a progressive move that recognised the links between US and UK legal traditions. The decision to turn it into a Ye Olde Englande theme park farce was not. Now the ABA is reeling from the news that […]

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CMS Cameron McKenna advised Big Yellow Group on its £97m flotation on AIM. The net proceeds are expected to total £43.5m after the company included a £45m placing and offer of new shares as part of the float. John Burton

Legaltech in the US

The US legal profession’s technology is being driven by management objectives that at their most fundamental level involve increasing shareholder value. For law departments – a support organisation in the corporation – this means constant pressure to get more out of less. In a LegalTech Los Angeles presentation (May 1999), Dan Scheinman, vice president of […]

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