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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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Equitable Life legal bill reaches £2.5m

Equitable Life has had to pay out £2.5m in legal fees for the recent pensions test case which ended its mutuality. The legal battle has spanned 18 months and was advised by Denton Hall, now Denton Wilde Sapte. The test case, brought against Equitable Life when policyholders challenged its decision to lower guaranteed annuity rate […]

Morgan Lewis loses partner to e-company

Morgan Lewis & Bockius partner John Parker has left the business and finance department to join a new management team at new media and e-commerce company AirClic. Parker joins as executive vice president of business development and legal at the company. He says: “I was working with AirClic as its outside counsel. It is a […]

Welcoming the new recruits

The sale of legal recruiter QD to TMP Worldwide and an increasingly candidate-led legal market may change the face of legal recruitment forever. Fenella Quinn reports. The recent multi-million pound submersion of legal recruitment giant QD into US advertising monolith TMP Worldwide has sent ripples of concern throughout the industry. With TMP’s $7.5bn (£5bn) market […]

Perrin’s View

So Michael Napier won the election for Law Society president by a margin of two votes to one. Two to one, eh? Frankly, I’m surprised that as many as three members voted. Surely no profession can possibly have so many major grievances against its regulatory body? I don’t know about you, but for a while […]

Grimaldi votes for merger with Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance‘s Italian alliance partner Grimaldi has voted unanimously in favour of merger with the magic circle firm. The timing of the decision to turn the formal alliance between the two into a merger is believed to have been influenced by the Italian boom. Sources believe that the core areas of banking, finance and corporate […]

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