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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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It's been a good week for…

Morality in the profession. Joanne Feldman, described by the Daily Mail as “one of the country’s most successful lawyers”, told the paper how having a family has forced her to rethink the sort of cases she takes on. “I got a thrill out of manipulating language,” she wrote. Of her commercial lawyer husband she adds: […]

Bank set for first ever panel review

One of the largest banks in the UK is about to launch its first ever domestic panel review. The National Australia Bank (NAB), which has a market capitalisation of £12bn, owns the Yorkshire and Clydesdale banks. It is the largest bank in the UK after the four main retail banks. Its UK firms include Addleshaw […]

Perrin's View

Recent conversations with fellow managing partners lead me to believe that today’s most universally worrying law firm issue is not globalisation or merger strategy, but recruitment and retention of partners and staff. Nobody seems much concerned about where their next job is coming from, but many have difficulty attracting and keeping the right people. Some […]

Case of the week

‘The only thing this court case has proved beyond reasonable doubt is that UK libel law is a disgrace to democracy and a menace to a free press. We apologise for nothing. But we will not be appealing. Life is too short…’ So said LM editor Mick Hume after his magazine lost its case against […]

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