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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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Challinors adds bodies to aid expansion

Midlands firm Challinors has appointed a new management team as it bids to expand its footprint in the region. Helen Jarvis has joined the senior management team as HR director, while Jonathan Gamble has been appointed finance director. Both are former employees of regional rival Fraser Brown. Challinors chief executive Andy Hodges said: “The firm’s […]

Irwin Mitchell strengthens partnership

Irwin Mitchell strengthens partnership” />Irwin Mitchell has boosted its ranks with the hire of Bracher Rawlins ­litigation partner Jeremy Marshall and Davenport Lyons employment partner John Hayes in London. In Leeds the firm has hired ­Keeble Hawson corporate chief Paul ­Johnson as a partner. Johnson ­specialises in legal advice to businesses seeking to grow by […]

Conyers sets up Mauritian outpost

Offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman has opened in Mauritius in a bid to bag work coming out of Asia. The move comes as ­Mauritius looks to revamp its legal sector (see box, right) to entice ­international firms to set up shop on the island and raise the profile of its financial services ­sector (The […]

Wall St woes: Mail prowess

Over lunch yesterday at Bingham McCutchen’s midtown Manhattan office, the firm’s co-head of its financial restructuring group seemed proud – to say the least – of his firm’s efforts during the current meltdown. As a creditor practice, Bingham’s financial institution clients are calling on the firm’s lawyers to help resolve complex creditor issues relating to […]

Wall St Woes: Leaving litigation

News that Clifford Chance is to lay of a fifth of its US litigation workforce was met with amazement by the Stateside legal community. Hardly surprising given that the firm has shed a total of 20 litigation associates at a time when litigation is expected to grow. But on closer inspection of the firm’s US […]

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