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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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Taking a step in the right direction

The final piece of the conditional fees jigsaw is in place. On 3 July, the Rules and Practice Direction came into force to give substance to the provisions of the Access to Justice Act and its associated regulations, which had a commencement date of 1 April. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) fought hard […]

Breaking into Belgium

While more UK firms open offices in The Netherlands, the Belgian market has failed to attract the big City firms looking at further European expansion. The Lawyer reports on how the City is now looking beyond Brussels There may be Benelux firms, but there is no such thing as a uniform Benelux culture – at […]

Doughty Street takes four Cloisters tenants

Doughty Street is the latest set to profit from the current upheaval at Cloisters, snatching four of its tenants. As exclusively revealed in The Lawyer (12 June) Cloisters has undergone a massive restructuring process which has caused the set’s civil and criminal practice groups to split. The majority of the criminal group will leave in […]

Linklaters loses millions in fees as new media clients delay IPOs

Linklaters & Alliance is emerging as the major casualty in a spate of postponed internet IPOs – losing an estimated £1m in fees. The firm is acting as adviser on two out of the four major IPOs which have been delayed in the second quarter of this year. These include Yes TV, which planned a […]

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