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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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FORUM: hedge funds

Hedge funds seem to be the latest recipe for institutional investment success, generating even more work for excited law firms. However, some argue that the risk outweighs the return. They might not currently be available in the retail sector, but a number of banks and traditional asset managers are launching their own products. So are […]

CORPORATE

Bodycote buys US-based Lindberg for $164m (£109.9m). Bodycote advised in the UK by Eversheds (Edward Pysden), and in the US by Pray Walker Jackman Williamson & Marlar (Terry Doverspike) and Jones Day Reavis & Pogue (Jere Thomson). Lindberg advised by Bell Boyd & Lloyd (John Bitner).

7 Bedford Row loses Owen

Chris Owen, 7 Bedford Row’s highly respected senior clerk, is leaving the set and may quit the profession entirely. Owen says: “Although I’ve had a very happy 12 years in these chambers, after 21 years as a senior clerk it’s time to seek fresh challenges. I’m pleased to have chambers’ support and that is why […]

Lister sets up planning group at 11 New Sq

The new practice director at 11 New Square John Lister has established a specialist planning and public law group in response to the Administrative Court and the Human Rights Act. The former director at Clarendon Chambers was prompted to move to 11 New Square last September after the merger of 11 Bolt Court and 7 […]

Opinion

Now that the time to start inputting data for the major legal directories has come round again (for most of us, at any rate) there again will be discussion as to whether alternative risk transfer (ART) has matured sufficiently to be an independent practice area in the directories. ART is undoubtedly developing, but it has […]

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