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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Rakisons loses out on Ecuador contract

Ten-partner City telecoms practice Rakisons has missed the chance to advise the Ecuadorean government on privatising its telecoms operator because it could not get its detailed submission in on time. The firm was shortlisted to advise on the the privatisation of Ecuadorean state telecom operator Emetel alongside four US international giants – O’Melveny & Myers, […]

Dibbs leads the way with major IT outsourcing deal

DIBB Lupton Alsop has taken a rare decision to outsource a major part of its IT in a move which consultants have said could spark a new trend. The firm’s Bradford office is to outsource part of its technology requirements for its debt management and recovery systems to Integris, the global outsourcing and systems integration […]

In brief: Law Society extends applicant deadline

The Law Society is to extend the deadline for applicants for the international seat on its ruling council following complaints from the City of London Law Society that larger City firms did not have enough time to identify interested partners. Anthony Pugh-Thomas, City of London Law Society president, said he was “slightly miffed” that the […]

Solicitor is reprimanded for poaching

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has severely reprimanded an East London solicitor who breached an injunction and poached clients from his old firm, saying that the case should sound a warning for all advocates. The tribunal heard last week that Daniel Jerome, a solicitor at Bow firm Wallace Bogan & Co, agreed to bide by an […]

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