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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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White-collaring

The FSA has invested heavily in trying to clean up financial crime, but only results will justify that investment. Those who think that, since the commencement of the ­Financial ;Services ;and ­Markets Act (the act) in 2003, the ;Financial ;Services ­Authority (FSA) has been paying lip service to its statutory objective to reduce ­financial crime […]

Freshfields becomes first magic circle firm to make redundancies

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has axed as many as four associates in its real estate group, becoming the first magic circle firm to make redundancies. A spokeswoman for the firm confirmed that “more than one, but fewer than five” associates had departed, but would not confirm the exact number. Tim Jones, chairman of the London management […]

Merger spawns major new CEE player

Czech firm Procházka Randl Kubr (PRK) has merged with Hungary’s Bellák & Partners to create a new powerhouse in the Central and Eastern Europe market. Operating under the PRK brand, the merged firm will have offices in Prague, Bratislava and Budapest. The merged firm will boast more than 120 fee-earners and 60 ­support staff, making […]

Clarks Legal

UK 200 Position: 160 Turno… Position: 163Firm: Clarks Legal Turnover: £10.4mRevenue per fee-earner: £160KRevenue per lawyer: £204KRevenue per partner: £743KTotal number of fee-earners: 65Total number of qualified partners: 51Total number of partners: 14Total number of female partners: 0Total number of staff: 0

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