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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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A less litigious approach to fund redemptions is staving off the expected bloodbath. By Robert Shepherd and Anthony Williams Yeats’ The Second Coming ­perhaps describes best how some lawyers and financiers are feeling about the world economy at the moment: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” However, for […]

Business as usual after Mandy’s mandate

Business secretary Peter Mandelson made a bold move when he gave the green light for Lloyds TSB to take over struggling HBOS at the end of last year. While the Government stopped short of actually altering competition rules to let the merger take place, it did rush through some secondary legislation that meant Mandelson rather […]

Husband and wife to take silk together

Husband and wife barrister duo Joanna Smith and Mark Vanhegan will walk down the aisle together again when they both take silk before the Lord ­Chancellor next month. Husband and wife barrister duo Joanna Smith (pictured) and Mark Vanhegan will walk down the aisle together again when they both take silk before the Lord ­Chancellor […]

Links combines key partner meetings

Linklaters has scrapped one of its two annual partnership ­meetings by merging its partnership retreat and strategy meetings into a single conference. Linklaters ;has scrapped one of its two annual ;partnership ­meetings by merging its partnership retreat and strategy meetings into a single conference. The move comes as the firm looks to scale down the size of […]

Dechert: second round of layoffs this month

Dechert has made its second round of layoffs this month, shedding 10 staff lawyers. The US firm has culled one ninth of its US staff attorney workforce due to insufficient workflows. The move comes after The Lawyer reported that Dechert laid off 19 lawyers in the US due to a reduction in demand for legal […]

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