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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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Baker & McKenzie promotes 65 to partnership, including four in London

Baker & McKenzie has made up 65 lawyers and other professionals across 32 offices to its partnership, with almost a third of the new partners working in its tax practice. The promotions round is slightly down on last year, when the firm made up 71 partners (1 July 2013), but the four partners made up […]

Taylor Wessing goes large with US launch

Last week in its promotions round Taylor Wessing once again favoured Germany – just as it had in 2012 and 2013. Was this an attempt to throw the market off the scent of its bigger picture plans: its impending US launch? Having invested heavily in Europe and Asia, the firm isn’t messing around with its […]

Eversheds advises Investec Bank on £308.5m main market IPO of FDM Group

Eversheds has advised Investec Bank, as sponsor and sole bookrunner, on the £308.5m main market initial public offering (IPO) of FDM Group, an IT-focused international professional services provider. Founded in 1991, FDM is a UK-based international professional services provider focusing principally on IT, specialising in the recruitment, training and deployment of its own permanent IT […]

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Clients shun disaggregation model but stick to quality, The Lawyer research finds

In-house lawyers are not buying the much-trumpeted disaggregated legal services firms are offering them, exclusive research by The Lawyer has found. Indeed, the awareness of new legal services delivery models remains low, with the vast majority of in-house lawyers having never, rarely or only occasionally been offered some form of disaggregated legal service. In contrast […]

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