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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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Laytons’ Manchester managing partner is leaving to join property services company Enterprise as an executive director. John Gavan, who has headed the Manchester office since 1990, will join the support services group on a full-time basis from 1 May as commercial director. However, Gavan will take on Laytons’ newly-created role of chairman and retain his […]

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Over the last couple of weeks, anyone flying business class to Frankfurt, Cologne and a whole host of other German cities must have been cheek by jowl with lawyers. Sitting nearest the exit were the hordes plus their dog after a piece of Gaedertz, ready to rush off as soon as the undercarriage hit the […]

Brief encounter: McCLURE NAISMITH

McClure Naismith is a mid-range, well-known Scottish corporate commercial firm. Celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, it has revealed an ambitious business plan to increase fee income by 50 per cent and double the number of staff by 2004. Having recently conducted extensive client research, the firm has modified its corporate logo – clients told […]

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Jones Day Reavis & Pogue’s Peter Faber is well versed in advising his long-time client Peter Dyer in the etiquette of buyouts. Faber has acted for Dyer since the early 1980s, after Crystal Holidays was set up in 1981. Dyer then decided to sell the company to US-based Viad 10 years later, only for the […]

Wilson Sonsini launches in NY and Salt Lake City

Silicon Valley giant Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is dramatically expanding its US presence two new offices in New York and Salt Lake City. The firm, which until now had regional offices in Texas, Washington and Northern Virginia, will launch in New York with a team from the office of Silicon Valley rival Gunderson Dettmer […]

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