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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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City firm Freshfields has elected 16 lawyers to its partnership. The appointments, which take effect from 1 May, raise its partnership count to 183. Six of the new partners are at the firm’s London office. Other appointments are at its offices in Barcelona, Brussels, Paris, Bangkok, Beijing, Hanoi, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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In the 1970s and 1980s the main subject of complaints received by local authorities about council housing was disrepair. Today these problems have largely been overcome, and they have been replaced by the problem of “neighbours from hell”. National and regional media have been swift to list complaints of antisocial behaviour by tenants on housing […]

Survey verdict: could do better

Law firms have to do better across the board is the verdict delivered by this year’s survey on financial management in law firms. The research, conducted by Coopers & Lybrand for The Lawyer, reveals that despite increased billings per partner and overall profitability, these increases are not as strong as current economic conditions might suggest. […]

Small firm, but perfectly formed for success

Not all lawyers want to be part of a big firm or part of a niche practice. The recruitment of Addleshaw Booth’s corporate partner Glenda Turner in February by five-partner general practice Turner Parkinson is a case in point. Turner Parkinson is one firm that has refused to listen to the fashionable message that you […]

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