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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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Macfarlanes is reviewing the performance of its lawyers amid difficult conditions for its core ­corporate and real estate practices. Macfarlanes ;is reviewing the performance of its lawyers amid difficult conditions for its core ­corporate and real estate practices. The firm holds performance appraisals every March and September, but managing partner Simon Martin admitted that the crisis […]

Opinion: Culture’s the key to projecting a non-bland brand

Law firms are a brand consultant’s worst nightmare. Unique selling points (USPs) are the alpha and the omega of branding (this car goes faster, this mobile phone has more functions) and new business ideas are rarely launched without one or more USPs. But at the top end of the UK legal ­profession in particular, the […]

CC provides benefits to ousted US associates

Clifford Chance is to offer three months pay plus half of individual annual bonuses to the 20 associates it laid off in theUS last week. The bonus will be calculated on the basis of last year’s bonus structure. Associates have also been offered outplacement services with consultancy Lee Hecht Harrison. Unlike in the UK, where […]

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Tulkinghorn has noted that diversity has become a much bigger concern for law firms in recent years, and he is all for it as well. But some firms might have taken the idea and run with it too far. One of Tulkinghorn’s moles went to meet the good people at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo at the […]

Edwin Coe hires new CEO

Edwin Coe has appointed Tim Nash as CEO following the retirement of Mike Elliott, who had been at the firm for 30 years. Finance partner Nash took up the post after leaving Eversheds, where he held the non-legal role of group financial controller. Prior to this he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Clifford […]

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