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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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Eversheds swallows Palmers to gain Cambridge practice

MERGER-hungry Eversheds is to take over Cambridge firm Palmer Wheeldon in November to realise its long-held ambition to open in the university city. When the merger goes ahead as planned, Eversheds will challenge Mills & Reeve’s position as the largest practice in East Anglia. After taking on Palmer Wheeldon’s 22 fee earners, Eversheds will have […]

Gun amnesty compensation

The House of Lords has adjourned consideration of a Home Office challenge to moves by a gun owner who is seeking to sue over its alleged failure to pay compensation. David Steed claims he handed in his firearms in July last year in accordance with the terms of the Firearm (Amendment) Act 1997, but by […]

In brief: Law Soc retains immigration regulation role

Home Secretary Jack Straw has decided to allow the Law Society to continue to regulate immigration solicitors. His immigration white paper, which was published last week, proposes the setting up of a body to regulate non-lawyer advisers but says the government is still considering “the extent to which members of the legal profession should be […]

Buy-out of broker steps up market competition

COMPETITION in the UK buy-out market is set to become even more intense, following the £951m leveraged buy-out of insurance broker Willis Corroon by legendary US buy-out specialists Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR). KKR shot to fame in the 1980s with its audacious $30bn buy-out of RJR Nabisco – at the time the world’s largest ever […]

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