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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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Law Soc advises on client money held in insolvent banks

The Law Society has issued a practice note to clarify the position of firms that deposit client money in a bank that goes bust. The advice follows widespread fears that firms holding client money could be held liable and unprotected if client money was lost if a bank went under (as reported by TheLawyer.com, 7 […]

A&O, Shearman to merge?

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Fox Hayes in second redundancy round

Up to 43 members of staff are set to lose their jobs at Leeds firm Fox Hayes, taking the total number of UK 200 redundancies to 722. Twenty-five members of staff, including 10 fee-earners, have already been made redundant at Fox Hayes. A consultation has just been launched with a further 18, eight of whom […]

CEE spinoff’s ‘Kinstellar’ branding highlights close ties with Linklaters

Linklaters” />Linklaters’ Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) spin-off firm is gearing up for its launch next month, calling itself Kinstellar. Former Linklaters managing partner for CEE Jason Mogg will lead the new firm, which will have a close ­association with Linklaters. Mogg revealed that a branding company came up with the firm’s name, deriving Kinstellar […]

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