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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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Eversheds restructures Euro management boards

Eversheds is consolidating its three management boards across Europe in a bid to boost its international business. Eversheds international director Victor Semmens says that the firm will have a review meeting in May to finalise plans to create an all-encompassing board to cover each of its offices. The firm currently has three management boards which […]

Family set to open in West Country

The set, headed up by Eleanor Platt QC and Alison Ball QC, has recruited two new tenants who will be permanently based in Exeter, and hopes to bring a junior tenant on board soon. Kay Firth Butterfield is joining the annexe in Exeter from 1 Gray’s Inn Square in London, the chambers of The Baroness […]

Norton Rose's Singapore ally wounded by mass defection

Norton Rose’s Asian arm is reeling after an associated firm in Singapore was decimated by walk-outs. Ally practice Lee & Lee, one of the top firms in Singapore, lost seven partners and up to 10 associates when the entire litigation department left to start a rival firm. Norton Rose, which has 30 lawyers in the […]

Freehills set to merge with Singaporean firm

At present, foreign law firms are banned from having shares in local legal institutions. But the Legal Professional Practices law are likely to be amended which would allow the marriage to go ahead. A 200-partner firm with 700 lawyers in Australia and Asia, Freehills’ is reportedly attracted to Alban Tay’s modern approach and its experience […]

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