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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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Eurotunnel contract dispute edges closer to arbitration

Trans Manche Link (TML), the 10-company consortium which received a Eurotunnel contract claim of FF8 billion (£1 billion), has yet to appoint lawyers to defend it or make a formal response to Eurotunnel. However, a TML source said the construction companies would be consulting their own lawyers prior to meeting to thrash out a joint […]

Fisher Meredith shows its wares on the buses

Solicitor Eileen Pembridge’s firm, Fisher Meredith, has launched an advert- ising campaign on buses for its twentieth anniversary. “Twenty years of serving the community,” says the advert for the London legal aid firm which is being carried on buses running up and down 11 bus routes. Pembridge, senior partner at the firm and unsuccessful Law […]

Laundering code

The International Bar Association Council has urged its members to promote common professional standards on money laundering and embody them into a code of practice for lawyers worldwide. Recent estimates place the amount laundered around the globe at £500 billion per annum. The council has agreed to institute practice rules aimed at denying criminals access […]

Penningtons heads SA speaking tour

UK FIRM Penningtons will lead a delegation of European lawyers next month on a speaking tour of South Africa. Representatives from the European Law Group – which brings together firms in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK – will speak at a series of one-day seminars to be staged […]

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