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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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Bakers revenue up a fifth; London lags behind

Baker & McKenzie has shrugged off the collapse of merger talks with Heller Ehrman by announcing turnover growth of 20 per cent for the year to the end of June. Firmwide revenues for the 12 months stood at $2.19bn (£1.09bn at the end of June), up from $1.83bn (£910m at the time) last year. Growth […]

Brand renewal?

In May The Lawyer launched the Transatlantic Elite – an analysis of the top end of the legal market. The only UK firms to make it in to our inaugural Sweet Sixteen were the four members of the magic circle and Slaughter and May. In May The Lawyer launched the Transatlantic Elite – an analysis […]

Walkers makes rare lateral with rehire

Offshore firm Walkers has appointed David Collins as a ­partner in its Cayman Islands office. Collins, who worked with Walkers from 2004 to 2006, rejoins the firm from Linklaters, where he was an associate in the derivatives and structured products group. It is a rare outside appointment for Walkers, as it prefers to promote partners […]

Butler-Sloss handed QC panel caretaker role

Ex-Family Division president Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss has been appointed interim chair of the Queen’s Counsel selection panel ­following the resignation of Sir Duncan Nichol. In a joint statement the Bar Council and the Law Society said they had opted to draft in Butler-Sloss to minimise the impact on the current silk round – despite the […]

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