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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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Lord Chancellor To Review Legal Watchdog

The review of the LSO Ann Abraham’s office, which oversees the handling of complaints against solicitors, barristers, licensed conveyancers and legal executives, comes two years later than originally planned. Ministers agreed to postpone the review to allow Abraham – who only took up her post in 1997 – to establish herself in the appointment. The […]

e-exchange

This is what being a lawyer is all about. In a buoyant economy, firms go big on corporate finance – start-up costs, funding and flotation. And when the bubble bursts, you still get the work, but this time it is the insolvencies. E-exchange is the third dotcom insolvency SJ Berwin has been involved in recently, […]

BOOK REVIEW

But just because that is what they say first off, that does not mean that it reflects the true picture. Wired Words by Steve Morris, published by Prentice Hall PTR (ISBN 0273650904) Wired Words does not start well. If you find an introduction that finishes with a slogan such as: “language is the new corporate […]

Real Estate and Projects

Wurttembergische Hypothekenbank funds Irish acquisition of Garrard House, London EC2, from Legal & General. The funder advised by Allen & Overy (Carol Hopper and Simon Roberts). Individual Irish investors advised by Gouldens (David Smith and Tom Budd). Legal & General represented by Berwin Leighton.

Asticus

Asticus sells freehold interest in 15 Great Marlborough Street to Royal & SunAlliance for £30.7m. Asticus advised by Denton Wilde Sapte (Stan Gniadkowski). Royal & SunAlliance advised by Maples Teesdale (Mark Bryan).

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