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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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Brobeck takes on Milbank Tweed partner

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has suffered another blow to its technology transactions group with the loss of a partner to Brobeck Phleger & Harrison. The departure of David Hudanish to the New York office of the Silicon Valley firm comes just weeks after the head of the group at Milbank, Dan Mummery, jumped ship […]

Hall takes over at Gordons Cranswick

Leeds-based Gordons Cranswick has shaken up its management structure by appointing a new senior partner. The role, which up to now has been split between two people, will be taken on by litigation partner John Hall. Former incumbents Richard Wilson and David Coates are quitting the partnership to take up consultancy roles with the firm. […]

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Lateral movement between Ireland’s leading firms was until recently virtually non-existent. This is now changing, and the demand for quality practitioners on both sides of the border has sparked fierce competition among local firms and enhanced the bargaining power of associates. There is a general perception that a large proportion of vacancies are being filled […]

…as it bags new recruiters from TMP QD

Osborne Clarke has bolstered its legal recruitment capability by hiring two recruiters from TMP QD. Antonia Fowell and Helen Read ran QD’s Bristol office before the company was taken over by world-wide recruiters TMP last year. TMP paid more than £40m for market leader QD. Fowell becomes head of recruitment at Osborne Clarke and Read […]

The long overhaul

The court system in Ireland is facing up to the need for a major overhaul. The current litigation process is hampered by serious delay, bad organisation and the cumulative effect of an ageing court structure that has seen little change since it was established in 1924. The model for reform is obviously the radical overhaul […]

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