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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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Dentons targets top clients to thwart profit slowdown

Denton Wilde Sapte is targeting top clients including Virgin, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Shell and London Electricity for more work as part of a firmwide review to raise profits. It is also pushing departmental heads to raise group profits any way they can after a disappointing financial year.In 2001/02, Dentons’ profits per partner rose […]

Partnering

Partnering has been a topic of interest to the UK construction industry for the last decade or so and is likely to remain under the spotlight for some time Partnering in the UK construction industry is not a new concept. Early focus in the offshore engineering industry received a boost from various industry bodies and […]

FENWICK ELLIOTT

Growth is planned for Fenwicks as a new senior partner takes the reins Niche construction firm Fenwick Elliott has restructured its partnership with dispute resolution partner Simon Tolson replacing Robert Fenwick Elliott as senior partner. Fenwicks will become a consultant for the firm on 1 April (The Lawyer, 18 March).Tolson says: “Robert had wound down […]

Nomura lawyer joins Cadwalader

Nomura International has lost the head of its transactions legal department, Tom O’ Riordon, to the London office of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft.O’Riordon, who is a barrister by training, will join the firm at the beginning of July as a senior special counsel. He will work with Stephen Mostyn-Williams, head of the London and international […]

Ex-Richards Butler chief joins 3-4 South Square

A former head of Richards Butler’s finance and banking department has joined Michael Crystal QC’s specialist insolvency chambers 3-4 South Square.Colin Bamford will specialise in advising on capital markets, financial transactions and regulatory matters, at a time when 3-4 South Square is developing its international advisory work in these areas.The Bar Council has provided an […]

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