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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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Five points for anyone who correctly guesses the identity of this well-known lawyer: “Sorry, but I’ve got a massive hangover today. I was out with clients at 5pm yesterday when the news came through.” If you said Taylor Wessing’s current, and newly re-elected, managing partner Michael Frawley, you win. Yesterday the Kiwi wine buff may […]

Law firms buy a piece of London’s history

City law firms Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have splashed out and bought themselves a year of London’s history. Each paid out £5,000 to have their logos included on a timeline in the Museum of London’s new galleries, which will feature works from more than 300 years of the […]

Vinson leads on Swiss sukuk for EnergyMixx renewable energy float

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Third-party umming and arring

Recent reports have pointed to the fact that third-party litigation funding is finally entering the mainstream of City litigation, with Herbert Smith considering whether to go down that alley. This claim is likely to have shocked some City lawyers, and rightly so, as many of them probably thought they were already working on such funding […]

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Two firms stand out in the Scottish peer group this year, but for very different reasons. Dundas & Wilson posted robust turnover growth but a static average profit per equity partner (PEP), while Brodies had an exceptional year, with revenue rising by an enviable 43 per cent coupled with a decent 13 per cent hike […]

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