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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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US firm swallows Japanese group

US FIRM Bingham Dana has taken over Japanese specialist practice Marks & Murase in a move which is thought to give the Boston-based firm the largest Japanese practice group in the US. The 30-lawyer Japanese group will work primarily out of New York and Los Angeles under the new name of Bingham Dana Murase. One […]

Student sets out to prove disability is no barrier to a life at the Bar

Like other law students, Nick Stephens faces an uphill battle to become a barrister. But the 18-year-old is determined that his disability will not count against him. Stephens, who is paralysed from the neck down and unable to move or breathe without assistance after contracting meningitis when he was 18 months old, has beaten all […]

Key meetings at the conference

Friday 17 October 9.45am: Law Society president Phillip Sycamore addresses the conference. 10.45am: Legal Aid Board deputy chairman Henry Hodge will be among those debating the proposal that “This house believes the legal profession has no future in its present form”. 2.15pm: Session on how to develop a successful practice, chaired by Watson Farley & […]

Minter Ellison's second City partner bucks trend

MINTER ELLISON has bucked the recent trend of Australian firms pulling out of London with the posting of a second partner to the capital. Robert Hanley, an ex-Freshfields lawyer who is both Australian and UK-qualified, arrives at the London office this week from Sydney. Freehill Hollingdale & Page closed its London office a year ago, […]

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