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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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Eversheds lawyer moves in-house to Braemar Reit

Real estate investment fund Braemar Group has hired Orla Ball as its new in-house counsel. Ball joins Braemar from Eversheds‘ Manchester office, where she was an associate in the corporate team for 12 years. She is tasked with bringing in-house much of the legal work that the Braemar Group previously contracted out to external law […]

US firms givin’ it large

Over the last 18 months I’ve been listening a lot to managing partners predicting a spate of mergers in the legal sector. But despite all the exploratory phone calls and discreet lunches, there hasn’t been anything that’s come near to an agreement. Over the past 18 months I’ve been listening a lot to managing partners […]

Countrywide sale proves big draw for big firms

The negotiations over the fate of debt-ridden estate agent Countrywide have pulled in a dizzying array of legal advisers. The big roles went to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Slaughter and May on a deal that is likely to see control of the company pass to a group of private equity investors that have injected […]

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Glasgow City Council names panel choices

Glasgow City Council has finalised its new legal panel, ­awarding places to DLA Piper and Pinsent Masons alongside a host of Scottish firms. Burness and Biggart Baillie were the biggest winners, with places on seven on the council’s nine sub-panels. Brodies and DLA Piper were handed mandates on six sub-panels, while Pinsents was included on […]

Trowers axes four real estate positions

Trowers & Hamlins has launched a redundancy ­consultation with fee-­earners in its UK-based real estate team. The firm is looking to lay off four fee-earners who focus on the plot sales ­market, with three in ­Manchester and one in Exeter set to lose their jobs. Those working on plot sales in the firm’s larger ­London […]

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