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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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Litigation Personal Injury 27/08/96

Miller v Ryder – QBD 16 July 1996 Claimant: Ian Daniel Miller, 3Incident: Fatal road traffic accident Injuries: Claim brought by widow of dead man on behalf of herself and her two sons who were aged 22 months and six years when their father was killed in a 1991 car crash Award: £250,000 agreed damages […]

There's no smoke without fire

However frivolous an action may at first appear, when the likes of David Pannick QC are drafted in someone is taking it very seriously. Such was the case with a recent battle waged in the Queen’s Bench Division over the rights of British Rail to ban a long-haul commuter, Peter Boddington, from smoking on a […]

'I've worked with doctors. I'm used to dealing with egos'

When the appointment of Jane Betts as secretary general of the Law Society was announced, you could almost hear the muttered chorus of “Who is she?” rising from the corridors of Chancery Lane. From the point of view of the Old Guard, and probably the several internal candidates who had been after the job, she […]

Groups clash over sentencing

A CONTROVERSIAL report by the national probation officers’ group recommending the restriction of magistrates’ sentencing powers has been undermined after chief probation officers described it as “untenable”. The Association of Chief Officers of Probation (Acop) has backed the Magistrates Association in rebutting a report by the National Association of Probation Officers (Napo), the trade union […]

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