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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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Wilsons hire boosts charities capability

Salisbury firm Wilsons has appointed Alison McKenna, barrister and former assistant commissioner at the Charity Commission, to join the firm as head of its charities practice. The hire will enable Wilsons to offer specialist advice on Charity Commission inquiries and review visits. It plans to offer charities a new health check service.

Blood oaths

The eyes of airlines, passengers and lawyers alike are on a number of test cases concerned with whether flying has caused deep vein thrombosis. Sally Roberts reports On 31 January 2002, a group of airline travellers claiming to have suffered from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) after flying was given the all-clear to proceed with its […]

ABA opens billable hours investigation

The American Bar Association (ABA) has launched an investigation into billable hours The investigation stems from concerns that the pressures of meeting billing targets are affecting the well-being of lawyers. Reports have suggested that pro bono participation is down because lawyers in large firms have little time for voluntary work. As salaries rise, so do […]

Deals summary

Stephenson Harwood (David Cuckson) advised the Newmount consortium on a £22m schools PFI project with Dudley Council. Devonshires (Paul Buckland) advised the council. Pinsent Curtis Biddle (Kate Peacock) advised the Royal Bank of Scotland, which financed the consortium. Maxwell Batley (Orla Sullivan) advised Hermes Property Asset Management on the sale of a freehold retail block […]

Bevan Ashford handed Equitable assessor role

A team of Bevan Ashford mediators is gearing up for its first round of cases involving Equitable Life, after it was appointed as an independent assessor for disputes between the troubled mutual and its policyholders The innovative scheme is aimed principally at those policyholders who took out guaranteed annuity rate policies and who are now […]

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