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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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Hill Dickinson to educate its lawyers on business matters

Hill Dickinson has launched a new training programme aimed at honing skills and improving its lawyers’ knowledge of the business. The firm has launched in-house training sessions for all lawyers in the Chester, Liverpool, London and Manchester offices to provide a better understanding of the firm and strengthen client relationships. Hill Dickinson managing partner Peter […]

A&O and CMS advise on Metronet administration

Five UK firms have scooped key roles on the Metronet administration, which was launched earlier today. Five UK firms have scooped key roles on the Metronet administration, which was launched earlier today. Allen & Overy (A&O) has a scooped a key role on the administration, advising accounting firm Ernst & Young as the administrators. The […]

A&O boosts Bangkok with Norton Rose partner

Allen & Overy (A&O) has taken a Norton Rose partner for its Thailand office, making him counsel. Suparerk Auychai has banking and equity capital markets expertise and will join A&O’s 26-lawyer Bangkok office. Auychai was a partner at Norton Rose for two years, having been made up in 2005. Norton Rose is now left with […]

A&O’s record year triggers new bonus

Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) London associates are set for a bonus of up to £23,100 following the firm’s record financial performance this year. According to the new bonus scheme, which went live in May this year, associates who meet the relevant competency requirements are in line for between 50 and 75 per cent of a […]

Newcastle duo create planning outfit

Newcastle under Lyme firm Hacking Ashton has merged with Cheshire planning firm John Rose Associates. The combined firm claims to have the region’s largest specialist planning team, which comprises seven town planners and planning solicitors. The firm will be independently branded as John Rose Associates. Covering planning, urban design and regeneration, John Rose Associates will […]

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