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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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Human rights for the workplace

Gavin Mansfield says it is vital that employment lawyers become familiar with the European Convention on Human Rights. Gavin Mansfield is a barrister at 4 Paper Buildings, the chambers of Lionel Swift QC. The Human Rights Bill should receive royal assent in November, incorporating the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms into English […]

It has been a good week for

Michael Caplan, a partner at criminal law specialists Kingsley Napley, who is acting for former Chilean dictator General Pinochet. Corporate Identity, the Manchester-based design company which has scooped the contract to kit out five Eversheds receptionists with a new look. Pictured below left: Alison Britner and Cathy Holland of Eversheds modelling their new uniforms. The […]

High Noon in Kowloon

Denton Goddard Richards Butler was set to become a major player in the global legal market until Denton Hall pulled out. Philip Hoult investigates the truth behind the collapse of the mammoth deal and asks where next? A clash of personalities rather than irreconcilable differences caused the downfall of Denton Goddard Richards Butler – the […]

Property

Stephen Blackshaw of Linklaters and Neil Seaton of Gouldens advised British Aerospace on the £285m sale of its property development business, Arlington Securities, to a consortium consisting of the Prudential Insurance Company of America and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Cameron McKenna advised the consortium. Allen & Overy advised the credit facility providers HypoVereinsbank and […]

Grave new world of fixed fees

Scotland’s incoming fixed fees are nothing to celebrate, says Mike Dailly. Lawyers will put the quantity of work before its quality and the real victims will be clients. Fixed fees are coming to Scotland. But does anyone want them? And does it matter that the consultation paper is a sham – little more than a […]

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