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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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US firm Dorsey & Whitney expands HK and UK practices

US firm Dorsey & Whitney has expanded its Hong Kong corporate practice, recruiting from the Hong Kong offices of Allen & Overy and Richards Butler. The arrival of A&O partner Neil Stender, a US law qualified specialist on direct investment in mainland China, and Richard Butler’s Canadian law qualified associate Andrew Ning, an expert in […]

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Rubbishing the defence of self-incrimination?

The right to withhold information on the grounds of self-incrimination is to be debated in the House of Lords, reports Roger Pearson. The rights of waste disposal companies to refuse to answer questions which could lead to conviction for environmental offences are to be probed by the Law Lords. Green Environmental Industries is to appeal […]

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