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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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Snapshot of a profession in turmoil

Unrelenting bad press and increased competition have pushed marketing and management issues to the forefront of the 1990s agenda in law firms throughout the country. “Legal services are an intangible service and in a commercial world they need to be presented alongside a clear marketing package,” said David Temporal, of management consultancy firm Hodgart Temporal. […]

Internet indecency

Computer consultant Simon Jackson, of Andover, has been bailed until 9 May when he will appear before magistrates facing charges of distributing indecent photographs of children on the computer Internet. The case is expected to go for a Crown Court hearing.

In brief: Young Bland hits Eversheds top spot

National firm Eversheds has appointed its youngest ever senior partner. Adrian Bland, 40, currently deputy managing partner and head of commercial property, was unanimously elected as senior partner of the Birmingham office. He will take on the new role on the retirement of David Haggett on 1 May 1997. “I see us developing very much […]

Law and Politics. Closed Whitehall cynicism must shift

THE LORD Chancellor’s Department, which dominates the careers of so many, is facing a wind of change – or at least a strong breeze. The LCD is no longer simply a body administering the judicial system with responsibility for judicial appointments. It is now an increasingly politicised ministry dealing with fundamental and high profile changes […]

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Allen & Overy acted for The Thomson Corporation on its purchase of shares of companies in Finland

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