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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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Band misleader

A recent diary piece appears to have ruffled a few rock ‘n’ roll feathers. Readers may recall a little piece that asked: “Which North East senior partner recently admitted that he used to manage The Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers and The Cure, but jacked it in after his dad told him to ‘get a real […]

A new chapter for The Lawyer

You will have noticed something different about your copy of The Lawyer today. As we announced last week, we’re launching a redesign. We wanted a cleaner, brighter look with a more coherent flow of pages. We also wanted to publish on recycled paper. So for the past few months we’ve been working with John Belknap, […]

Cripps boosts PEP 50 per cent after wealth management sale

South East firm Cripps Harries Hall has seen big fee income and profit increases following a year in which it restructured and brought in new management. Fee income rose 17 per cent to £16.35m compared with £14m last year. This includes the adjustment made from the sale of its wealth management arm Cripps Portfolio, which […]

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Allen & Overy has promoted three lawyers in Asia. James Grandolfo becomes a consultant in Hong Kong, while Simon Irvine and Ban Leong Oo become consultants in Singapore.Higgs Sons has hired Kelly Davies as an assistant in the family team from Spicketts. Clifford Chance has appointed civil law notary Tom van Duuren as a partner […]

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