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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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CC caught up in Montanaro row

Clifford Chance has been drawn into a row between Montanaro Holdings and three of its company’s ex-directors. Montanaro is claiming that the law firm’s company secretarial arm, Clifford Chance Secretaries Ltd, is responsible for an invalid board meeting. The allegations come as three of the company’s directors James Baker, James Cotton and David Shapiro who […]

PwC snaps up Italian firm and looks to merge German offices

By Richard Tyler. Pricewaterhouse Coopers has swallowed up the 20-lawyer Rome and Milan-based practice, Studio Legale Associato, formerly associated with Frere Cholmeley Bischoff. The Big Five accountant will fold this firm, together with the four lawyers from Price Waterhouse’s existing Italian practice, into Coopers & Lybrand’s 36-lawyer firm, Pirola Pennuto Ze. The merger will create […]

Ex NHS trust chief to head Wilberforce

Shaun Pye reports Wilberforce chambers has appointed the former chief executive of an NHS trust to be its first chambers director. Suzanne Cosgrave, who starts on 1 April, will be responsible for the overall management of chambers including the clerks. Senior clerk Roy Beazley retires from the chancery set, which has 29 tenants, at the […]

Herbert Smith scoops Slaughters

Slaughter and May, the traditional leader on major stock exchange flotations, has acted on none so far this year, while Herbert Smith has scooped a higher number and total value than any other firm. KPMG figures showing the total number of flotations in the past four years still put Slaughters at number two by deal […]

Defence solicitors' fees at risk

Roger Pearson looks at a recent decision which could leave defence solicitors’ fees subject to proprietary claims by the plaintiffs The decision of Michael Burton QC sitting as a deputy judge in the case of the United Mizrahi Bank (UMB) v Doherty & ors in the High Court on 28 November last year could have […]

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