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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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Professionals may be heading for troubled waters as immunities evaporate and areas of liability continue to expand. Mark O&#39Callaghan reports on four cases that lawyers should be aware of This year the Court of Appeal attached personal liability to employed surveyors, extended solicitors&#39 duties to non-clients and held that project managers in the construction industry […]

Eversheds completes PFI deal in rapid time

Eversheds and Addle-shaw Booth & Co have closed one of the fastest PFI deals ever.It took only 18 weeks from the appointment of a preferred bidder for Jarvis, advised by Addleshaw Booth & Co, to complete a deal to design, build, finance and operate a new community learning centre for the city of Sunderland. The […]

Ince & Co steams in for Hamburg office

Local market reels as UK firm raids Dabelstein & Passehl to conquer Germany Ince & Co is to become the first UK shipping firm to attack the German market as it takes on two partners from specialist shipping practice Dabelstein & Passehl in Hamburg.Axel Salander and Detlef Zschoche will become part-ners at Ince & Co […]

Camerons turns tables for estate agent move

CMS Cameron McKenna turned from client to adviser to help its estate agent move.The law firm’s property team advised CB Hillier Parker on its move from London’s West End to Paternoster Square, near St Paul’s Cathedral. It is one of the first relocations away from the West End for a major property company.In 2003, staff […]

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