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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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Ashurst replaces Green on management board

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Former Nokia IP head joins Powell Gilbert

IP boutique Powell Gilbert has recruited Nokia’s former head of IP litigation as its seventh partner. Finnish national Ari Laakkonen joined the firm yesterday from the London office of Bird & Bird, where he spent a year as senior European counsel. “We’re looking to grow IT and electronics,” said founding partner Penny Gilbert. “We’re often […]

Freeth Cartwright begins redundancy talks with 60

Regional firm Freeth Cartwright has begun a redundancy consultation process with 60 staff, 15 of whom are lawyers. East midlands-based Freeth Cartwright has begun a redundancy consultation process with 60 staff, 15 of whom are lawyers. The redundancies are expected to affect the firm’s offices in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester, with staff in Manchester and […]

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