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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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Client survey finds support for Woolf

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Theodore Goddard oversees TSB deal

Theodore Goddard has played a key role in the Lloyds Bank £5 billion takeover of TSB, a deal set to create a £15 billion financial services giant. Theodore Goddard, TSB’s lawyers since the bank’s 1986 flotation, worked with teams from Freshfields and Linklaters & Paines to complete the deal. Freshfields, lawyers to the Bank of […]

A safe haven in the sun

Until recently, the effectiveness of the Cayman Islands as a safe haven for the investors’ nest egg was under question. Could the islands afford any protection against the creditors of a settlor who set up a Caymans trust to protect assets? This question was brought about by an old English statute, the Fraudulent Conveyances Act […]

Accountant takes over the controls at Richards Butler

RICHARDS Butler has abolished the post of managing partner and appointed an accountant to oversee the running of the firm. The move promotes finance director Chris Schulten to the newly-created job of chief executive, while former head Ken Ollerton, who had worked as managing partner for the past four years, returns to his practice as […]

Court IT.In the running for the legal system

This week five foreign multi-nationals – two US, two French and one German – making four separate bids will receive final tender documents from the LCD. These are: EDS, Unisys, Sema Group jointly with Bull Information Systems and Siemens Business Systems (see adjacent panel). According to one source: “The intention is for the supplier to […]

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