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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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For the record …

In The Lawyer’s 16 March Lawyer News Weekly email, it was wrongly stated that Trowers & Hamlins was one of several firms that had refused to provide information for an HR survey regarding the number of female partners. In fact, the firm did respond with the details. We are happy to correct the error.

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Firm profile: Shaw and Croft

Maritime boutique Shaw and Croft is celebrating its 25th birthday in October – a quarter of a century of expertise in one of the most quietly fascinating areas of law. Senior partner:Richard ColesTurnover: £3.5mTotal number of partners: NineTotal number of lawyers: 17Main practice areas: ShippingKey clients: Kuwait Oil Tankers Company, National Iranian Tanker Company, Sonatrach […]

ECJ finds UK tax rules incompatible with EC law

A European Court of Justice (ECJ) opinion handed down this morning (7 April) has found that UK tax law is incompatible with European Community law. Advocate General Poiares Maduro gave his opinion in the case of Marks & Spencer v Halsey, finding that the retailer should be allowed to offset losses made in Europe through […]

DCA launches unified courts agency

The Department for Constituttional Affairs today launches a single unified agency, Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS), to run the UK’s court system. The agency brings together all of England and Wales’ 650 Crown, county and magistrates’ courts for administrative purposes. Previously magistrates’ courts were managed by 42 local committees, whereas the Court Service administered the […]

Sports law gets Onside

Sports boutique Onside Law has been launched by former lawyers from Clifford Chance and sports marketing group IMG. It has already landed Malaysia Airlines as a new client. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (31 March), the firm, which will focus on sport, fashion and entertainment, has been launched by ex-IMG in-house lawyers Oliver Hunt and […]

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