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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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Somerfield appoints its first ever national panel

Somerfield is putting together its first national panel of law firms. The supermarket retailer, which has 1,200 stores and more than 30 warehouses and distribution centres across the UK, is appointing firms across the country to advise it. Previously it took advice from different firms on an ad hoc basis, but insiders say its recent […]

In brief: The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers has appointed three new members to its executive committee. They are: Paul Donnelly, a partner at Bournemouth practice, Andrew Isaacs; Mark Harvey from The Smith Llewelyn Partnership in Swansea and David Short, based at Lawford Kidd in Edinburgh.

Council chases bus profits

Hertfordshire County Council is taking London Regional Transport (LRT) to the High Court in a dispute over buses. The council claims that LRT agreed to pay profits and surpluses generated by cross-boundary bus services between Hertfordshire and Greater London. Now the council is seeking High Court declarations that LRT is bound to account for and […]

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