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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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Taxman elected new senior partner at Travers

Travers Smith has elected former managing partner Alasdair Douglas as its new senior partner, replacing the retiring Christopher Bell. Douglas takes up his new role on 1 July, and will also continue fee-earning in the tax department. He was previously managing partner between 1995 and 2001, before being replaced by Chris Carroll. Bell has been […]

HBJ Gateley Wareing’s turnover soars post-merger

HBJ Gateley Wareing was also riding high after its turnover soared to £31m off the back of its Anglo-Scottish merger at the beginning of the year (The Lawyer, 22 May). The firm, which merged on 1 January, recorded an astronomical 81 per cent increase on Gateley Wareing’s turnover of £17.1m last year. Comparing like for […]

Childs: my vision for Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance” />Clifford Chance managing partner David Childs has set a series of ambitious objectives for the magic circle firm as average profit per equity partner (PEP) is projected to shoot up by nearly 25 per cent. In a memo sent to partners last week and seen by The Lawyer, Childs announced a number of […]

Advent drops Lovells after Weil raid

The fallout from Lovells’ loss of private equity star Marco Compagnoni to Weil Gotshal & Manges earlier this year continues, with news that the firm has been dropped from Advent International’s legal panel. Private equity group Advent recently updated its European legal panel, placing Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Weil on the roster. It is understood […]

The lockstep quickstep

The phrase ‘lockstep review’ appears to have become synonymous with Lovells. Not content with the changes introduced at the start of 2006, the City firm has embarked on yet another review. The Lovells lockstep currently runs from 24-60 points, with an increase of three points every year for 12 years. As first reported by The […]

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