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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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In brief: Susan Ward elected as new Bacfi chair

Bacfi the Bar Association for Commerce Finance and Industry has elected Susan Ward, in-house counsel at the banking body APACS, as its chair. Ward (pictured), who takes over from Express Newspapers legal adviser Stephen Bacon, called for a lifting of all the restrictions preventing in-house lawyers from appearing in the higher courts.

In brief: Harman resigns after Court of Appeal ruling

Notorious High Court judge, Mr Justice Harman, has resigned following after the Court of Appeal said his 20-month delay in giving judgment in a case “cannot and will not be tolerated”. It is thought to be the first time a High Court judge has resigned in such circumstances and a sign of a crackdown on […]

Lawyers hail tobacco ruling

The landmark Court of Appeal tobacco judgment marks a “watershed” for freedom of speech, as well as paving the way for a multi-party action against two tobacco companies, say lawyers. In Thursday’s judgment, the Master of the Rolls Lord Woolf, Lord Justice Aldous and Lord Justice Chadwick ruled conditional fee agreements could not amount to […]

Montreal merger

Two of Montreal’s leading law firms – McMaster Meighen and Mackenzie Gervais – have decided to merge from the start of next month, creating one of the city’s largest practices with over 100 lawyers. The new firm – McMaster Gervais – will take on Mackenzie Gervais’ membership of the Canadian law firm network, Borden DuMoulin […]

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Application for habeas corpus

Leave has been given by the House of Lords for Nashwan Dawood Ismail, who is wanted in Germany to answer charges of alleged fraudulent investment schemes in Germany and Switzerland, to appeal against dismissal of his High Court application in July for habeas corpus. Ismail is awaiting the Home Secretary’s decision on whether he should […]

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