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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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Vickers, Fingleton call for reform to merger control

At the Merger Control Conference last Friday, the Director-General of Fair Trading John Vickers said he wanted the European Commission (EC) to reform the test it uses in merger control decisions Irish Competition Authority Chair John Fingleton echoed Vickers, stating his preference for a system that the EC has so far rejected. Competition Commissioner Mario […]

Halliwells wins East Lancashire Partnership bid

Halliwell Landau has won a tender to advise the newly-created East Lancashire Partnership, an association of local authorities and public bodies in the region. Corporate partners Mark Halliwell (left) and Sophie Brookes led the team that won the work. It is understood that Eversheds and Addleshaw Booth & Co also took part in the tendering […]

DJ Freeman revamps support services

DJ Freeman has rejigged its support functions. Denton Wilde Sapte deputy finance director Steven Rowan has joined as finance director and former litigation partner Ann Robson has been named director of information and training. The new appointments are a result of a year-long review of the firm’s support services by chief executive Laurence Harris.

Meridian dominates Bar software supply

Meridian Law takes ACE’s share of the market Meridian Law has become the sole supplier of software to the Bar after buying out rival provider ACE last Friday. A number of sets had stopped using ACE and transferred to Meridian prior to the takeover when ACE had 30 per cent and Meridian 65 per cent […]

Ashursts, Fried Frank: the final countdown

Transatlantic merger talks reach climax; Ashursts considers ditching lockstep Ashurst Morris Crisp and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson are nearing a conclusion to their merger talks, with only one hurdle left in the way – remuneration. The Lawyer understands that the two firms are in the throes of agreeing on a scheme that could […]

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