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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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Get used to working together, bank advisers told

Banks get serious about collaboration among panel law firms The message is clear: if you want to bag yourself a panel place with Barclays or RBS you’d better get used to working in partnership with your peer firms. RBS told its army of advisers at a town hall meeting last month that they must find […]

Linklaters goes on the prowl in China

Global Law Office and Commerce & Finance may not be two names that you’re familiar with in the legal market. That could all be about to change. Both firms are understood to have had a chat with Linklaters about a potential alliance. The magic circle firm is on the prowl for a new partner in […]

Shoosmiths teams up with RBS and KPMG for Thames Valley Business Leaders’ Dinner

Shoosmiths recently teamed up with RBS and KPMG for the Thames Valley Business Leaders’ Dinner in Reading. The event, held at the Hilton hotel, brought together business leaders from across the region to exchange views, share best practice and learn from each other. More than 150 guests heard from keynote speaker John Pienaar, broadcaster and […]

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