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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: Old Square Chambers

Old Square Chambers is appointing a new head, John Hendy QC, to replace founding member, the Honourable John Melville Williams QC, who is stepping down. Hendy is involved in the Southall train crash inquiry where he is acting for the victims’ families.

In brief: Dibb Lupton Alsop

Dibb Lupton Alsop has lost an associate from its e-commerce team to internet company EarthPort.com. Simon Deane-Johns, who dealt with the company for Dibbs, will join as director and general counsel.

Herbert Smith to deliver free advice from new legal centre

Herbert Smith is launching a free legal advice centre in Whitechapel. Helene Kydd, community action partner at the firm, says that the cases dealt with at the advice centre will include employment, immigration and housing problems. She adds: “It can be anything from probate to someone who is dissatisfied with their dentist, or neighbour disputes.” […]

In brief: The Wilkes Partnership

The Wilkes Partnership has agreed a referral arrangement with Challinors Lyon Clark for clinical negligence work. Its clinical negligence specialist Nicholas Tubb will move to Challinors.

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