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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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CMS signs up Spanish alliance member

CMS has finally plugged a gap in its European coverage after signing Spanish corporate and finance specialists Albinana Suarez de Lezo (ASL) as an alliance member. The firm formally acceded to the alliance late last month will practice under the CMS banner from January 1, 2005. Headquartered in Madrid, ASL has offices in Seville and […]

Quiz might

Taylor Wessing’s quiz night expertise, as recounted in a recent Tulkinghorn (4 October), was evident once more as the firm triumphed in business advisory and accountancy firm Mazars’ annual legal challenge quiz. Going under the suitably adversorial tag of ‘The Battle of the Law Firms’, the bash was the seventh event of its kind and […]

Legal Widow

At last, a reason to shun equity: people get awfully cross with you when the profits go down. “Poor sods,” said the Lawyer cheerfully, as he launched his copy of The Lawyer across the breakfast table. Story after story had partners apologising for their performances and promising to do better, placating the underdogs or simply […]

Bar char

Like the class system, the division between blue-blood barristers and scummy solicitors refuses to die – at least in the unfathomable world of barristers’ clerks. The true status of the lowly solicitor was evident recently at Quadrant Chambers, which was playing host to an arbitration. A group of solicitors had rented a room and, after […]

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Speak up or go down

Gavin McCartan is the first solicitor to be jailed by the proceeds of crime legislation. It’s easy to see why the profession might be getting paranoid. Jon Robins reports As solicitors contemplated the mayhem being wreaked by the anti-money laundering regulations at the recent Law Society conference in Birmingham, a Belfast solicitor spent his first […]

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