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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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Prize fighter

Awards are a tricky business. Every City lawyer professes not to care whether or not they receive one and yet there is much pouting if there isn’t a trophy to decorate firms’ lobbies and mantelpieces. Ashurst private equity maestro Charlie Geffen took emoting to another level at a recent industry awards bash at which his […]

Links leads the IT crowd

Linklaters has once again proved itself to be one of the more IT-savvy firms in the City, having launched its second computer program documentation system. The Leveraged Term Sheet Generator (LTSG) is an addition to the Term Sheet Generator, which was launched by the firm in 2003. The program reduces the amount of time it […]

Dewey ditches London managing partner role

Dewey & LeBoeuf’s decision to scrap the London managing partner role has been greeted with surprise across the firm, effectively bringing an end to the post-merger honeymoon period. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (17 October), neither Dewey Ballantine London head Fred Gander nor his LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae counterpart Peter Sharp was handed the […]

Eversheds to make redundancies

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