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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 boosts global profile

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Conflict of interest forces Perth firm to second partner

A SENIOR partner at Australian firm Freehill Hollingdale & Page is going on sabbatical to resolve a conflict of interest which nearly scuppered the firm’s merger with Perth firm Parker & Parker. It has been revealed that the merger, announced last month, was in danger of not going ahead after Freehills’ partners refused to accept […]

Intuition:a poor substitute for empirical evidence

There is too little economics in English commercial law, says Professor Roy Goode. He blames the narrowness of law courses and the short-termism of law makers Legal systems round the world vary significantly in their approach to the role of the courts and to judicial reasoning. In some jurisdictions the emphasis is on formal reasoning. […]

Top 10 firms sign up to access original company data

CITY firms Allen & Overy, Eversheds and Slaughter and May have installed an information service which allows users to access from their desktop exact copies of the original accounts and annual returns of all 1.4 million private companies in the UK. The service, called Pioneer, has been developed for intranet systems and provides information such […]

In brief: Soundings appointment system criticised

Lawyers called for the end of the “soundings” system of appointing judges and silks at the Minority Lawyers conference, held at the Law Society’s Chancery Lane headquarters in London on 29 November. At the event, Lord Irvine pledged that he would not allow racial discrimination in the appointment of judges.

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