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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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Partner vote approves Wessing-TJG merger

Partners at German firm Wessing have voted in favour of a merger with City firm Taylor Joynson Garrett (TJG) The German partners voted by an 84 per cent majority to continue with plans to draw up a contract detailing the terms of the deal. Partners at TJG gave their initial backing to the merger last […]

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Partner is granted early leave to join Howreys

Norton Rose has allowed competition partner Trevor Soames to cut short his gardening leave in order to join his new firm Howrey Simon Arnold & White Soames announced his intention to defect to Howreys last October to head the firm’s Brussels office.Under the terms of the partnership agreement, Norton Rose could have prevented Soames from […]

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Tulkinghorn’s done it!! He’s found an interesting law firm website. Usually the world of legal cyberspace is about as interesting as the radio version of Baywatch, but finally he has found one which stands out from the greyness.It belongs to Powers Phillips, a small firm based in Denver.Here is a sample from its welcome page: […]

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