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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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Jack Straw v the judiciary. Straw is ordering the UK’s 3,000 judges back to school to learn about the European Convention on Human Rights – to the irritation of many senior members of the judiciary who resent government interference in their jobs. Straw is concerned about the increasing number of European Court decisions which are […]

Howard Kennedy offers internet investment opportunity to firms

Howard Kennedy is claiming to be the first law firm to set up an investment fund for internet companies. The London firm will establish and manage the fund with a group of companies, including accountancy firms and IT consultants. The fund will finance a portfolio of e-commerce companies. The scheme’s intention is to spread the […]

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As General Pinochet looks back at a year under house arrest in London, the last thing on his mind will be the remarkable contribution he has made towards the cause of televising the courts. The various rulings by the Law Lords in his case were the first judgments by an English court to be delivered […]

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