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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 primary school head has won the right to return to work part-time following maternity leave. The case could open the floodgates to similar claims from women who held positions of authority before leaving for maternity leave. A tribunal found that school governors at Langtree Primary School in Torrington Devon breached sex discrimination laws by […]

KEY TRENDS EMERGING

There is no doubt that a high proportion of firms, particularly those with 30-plus partners, are embracing the challenges of operating in a competitive and increasingly disparate marketplace. In particular, this is evidenced by firms taking steps to become much more “corporate” in their management style and structure in order to maintain or increase profitability. […]

Money Matters

Some of the findings from the PricewaterhouseCoopers Financial Management in Law Firms 2000 Survey have raised a few eyebrows. Mark Waddilove, David Snell, Alistair Rose and Denise Catterall lay bare the survey and its implications for the future The results to come from the Financial Management in Law Firms 2000 Survey, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) […]

McDermotts boosts tax with top team from Thelen Reid

Chicago firm McDermott Will & Emery‘s NY office is luring a highly rated team of tax lawyers away from Thelen Reid & Priest in New York. The group, led by Thelen Reid’s former tax practice chair David Hardy, boasts another partner, Laurie Marsh, and two associates. They specialise in advising the energy and utility industry […]

Scuffle of the week

City law firm Charles Russell faces questioning from the Financial Services Authority after one of its lawyers told the High Court that its client Scoot.com was in advanced takeover talks only hours before a Stock Exchange statement denying reports of a takeover bid. Following a report in The Sunday Telegraph that Scoot.com was in takeover […]

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