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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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Assurant names European senior counsel

Assurant Solutions has appointed its first European senior counsel as it looks to expand its operations in Europe. Tara Caithie joins from the legal team at RBS Insurance, the insurance arm of Royal Bank of Scotland, and will assume the roles of company secretary and senior counsel UK and Europe. She will head the legal […]

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A couple of late entries for Tulkinghorn’s quest for the most comical email addresses. First this blatant bit of self-promotion from Michael Franks of William Sturges & Co: “If you go back to the days of telex and telex ‘answer back’, Harris Chetham & Co (commonly known as ‘Harass and Cheatem’) had a telex answer […]

Friends of the Earth wins right to bike

Blackstone Chambers’ Michael Fordham and Friends of the Earth’s Rights & Justice Centre have won a High Court victory on behalf of hundreds of cyclists. Friends of the Earth’s in-house lawyer Phil Michaels instructed Fordham on a pro bono basis to bring the case for cyclist Des Kay against the Metropolitan police. Kay is one […]

Olympic Delivery Authority chooses City firms for panel

Berwin Leighton Paisner, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Pinsent Masons were last week appointed to the Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) legal panel, as first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (21 June). The firms will now vie for high-profile work advising the ODA on the hosting of the London 2012 Olympic Games. […]

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