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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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ABA's Ramo awarded for achievements

Roberta Cooper Ramo, the immediate past president of the ABA and partner at New Mexico firm Modrall Sperling Roehl Harris & Sisk, is to receive an award in recognition of her contribution to helping women in the profession. The special award, given by the ABA Commission on women in the profession, is part of the […]

Malaysia takes on UN

United Nations Special Rapporteur and former Malaysian Bar council chairman, Dato Param Cumaraswamy, is facing defamation and slander writs for RM120m (about £30m) over a magazine article questioning the independence of the Malaysian judiciary. The move has been condemned by the International Bar Association, which argues that Cumaraswamy is immune from legal action because his […]

Neate moves from Slaughters

Francis Neate, head of litigation at Slaughter and May and the firm’s longest-serving partner, is leaving the firm to join Schroders as group legal director. Neate, treasurer of the International Bar Association, said that the move would provide welcome relief from the pressures of private practice. He replaces James Watkins, who left Schroders at the […]

FIDs abolition branded a 'penalty on success'

City lawyers are becoming increasingly dismayed at the Government’s confusion over foreign income dividends (FIDs). The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, evidently felt that abolishing FIDs in the Budget would be a means of raising revenue in a way that would pass unnoticed by the majority of the electorate. They are due to be […]

Make child abuse pilot national, says CPS

THE CPS is to press for a pilot project that fast-tracks child abuse cases to be adopted nationally. The scheme has been running in the South West since 1995 and has seen the time it takes for cases involving child witnesses to get to court halved from 260 days to around 130. At the launch […]

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