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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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Clyde & Co has the edge in race for sports lawyer

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Society takes the road to recovery

The Society of Practitioners of Insolvency has voted for a new name and constitution to reflect the modern market in which its members work, says Stephen Gale. For years now the market in which insolvency professionals operate has been changing from one dominated by formal insolvency appointments (for example, receiver, liquidator, administrator or trustee in […]

Eversheds wins Welsh contract

Eversheds has won a three-year contract to be sole legal adviser to the National Assembly for Wales. The firm was up against four unnamed rivals to win the prestigious contract, which involves advising on matters relating to employment, equal opportunities, health and safety, property and land-related issues, commercial law, procurement and litigation. Eversheds will also […]

Landwell recruits global head and seven new partners

Alan Morris, an accountant, served as Simmons’ financial director and then spent three years as managing director until he was replaced by a managing partner – David Dickinson – in April last year. In his specially created new role, he is charged with ensuring that the firm’s 20 international practices are properly integrated. He will […]

Scuffle of the week

The fight is on on the Tube, not just for a seat but also for the right to use the name ‘Metro’, the title of the new range of free newspapers given out in city centres. In Manchester, the Guardian Media Group has won the right to use the name over Associated Newspapers, which started […]

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