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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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Norton Rose has finalised a deal which will see the firm move into new Foster and Partners-designed headquarters in 2007. The building is to be built by developers More London, and Norton Rose have agreed bespoke elements including layout with Foster and Partners. It will be situated near City Hall on the south bank of […]

Legal aid, referral fees, compensation culture dominate Law Society agenda

Legal aid, referral fees and the compensation culture dominated proceedings at this year’s Law Society conference. Current Law Society president Edward Nally gave a rounded address, touching on issues as wide-ranging as Sir David Clementi’s review of regulation, diversity and the QC system. But in the forum afterwards, the audience focused on just one concern. […]

Fidal scoops EY Law partner

EY Law in Paris has lost yet another partner – this time to rival Fidal. Hervé Bidaud, a tax specialist, moves to the French number one after time as a partner at both Archibald Andersen and EY. As well as being a part of Fidal’s tax practice, Bidaud will work with Fidal’s management to develop […]

New Blackstone heads to target competition work

Blackstone Chambers’ newly-elected heads Ian Mill QC and Thomas Beazley QC have a tough task building on the success of their predecessors at the top public and commercial law set. During their seven-year tenure, Presiley Baxendale QC and Charles Flint QC grew turnover by 77 per cent, trading on the set’s existing public law expertise […]

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