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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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Taylor Wessing senior partner gives up post

Taylor Wessing‘s longstanding UK senior partner Richard Marsh is to stand down after seven years in the role. Marsh will return to full-time fee-earning as head of the firm’s commercial disputes and insolvency group. The current head of the UK leveraged private equity and international private capital groups Martin Winter will take over as senior […]

Cobbetts adds seven new partners

Cobbetts has promoted seven associates to partner, lifting the total number of partners in the firm to 147. The promotions are primarily in Manchester, but cover the firm’s main practice areas. Catherine Haslam and Kate Bouchier both become property partners in Manchester, while Ed Frankland and Rob Turner have been made up in the litigation […]

Motivation’s what you need

Finding out what makes each staff memmber tick is key to getting the best out of them. By Nigel Cover There is a good argument to be made that motivation is not merely part of managing people, but very nearly the whole of it. Motivation is not just about wise words from the latest guru […]

Former client puts Ince in dock over shipping brawl

City-based shipping specialist Ince & Co has been hit by a multimillion-dollar negligence claim from a former Greek client. City-based shipping specialist Ince & Co has been hit by a multimillion-dollar negligence claim from a former Greek client. Blue Strim Maritime has filed a claim in the Greek courts for $23m (£13.1m) in damages, alleging that […]

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