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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 […]

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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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Freshfields in talks to end all-equity model

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched a full-scale review of its cherished all-equity partnership model, including the possibility of de-equitising partners. In what is a momentous U-turn, the magic circle firm’s senior management has confirmed that it is considering a wide range of changes to its partnership model, including the creation of fixed-share partners across the firm. The review […]

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Tulkinghorn is often privy to sensitive information. He respects the courage lawyers summon up to keep him informed of developments. But it is apparent that some have more pluck than others. A senior associate from a magic circle firm rang recently to tell Tulkinghorn of the wonderful news that he had secured a job in […]

Olswang buys up Kanter Jules in real estate push

Olswang is kicking off its new financial year with the acquisition of property boutique Kanter Jules. In total, nine fee-earners will join Olswang this week, with four signing up as partners. The new arrivals are chiefly in real estate, but include corporate and litigation specialists. The deal will add some £4.5m to Olswang’s revenue. The firm also […]

Labour pay?

The fight over the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s findings regarding the Government’s misleading advice to pensioners is set to continue – and Europe is the next battleground. David Gallagher reports On 14 March this year, the Parliamentary Ombudsman Ann Abraham delivered her report ‘Trusting the Pensions Promise’ on her investigations into allegations that the Government and government-sponsored […]

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