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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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New panel ready for “Year 2000' disputes

The City Disputes Panel (CPD) has formed a distinguished “Year 2000” panel to deal with the expected flood of disputes over millennium bug problems. It has assembled six prominent legal and business brains to act as tribunal chairmen. They are: Lord Mustill, Sir Brian Neill, Sir Christopher Staughton, Sir John Balcombe, Sir Iain Glidewell the […]

Unique route for offshore vehicles

The use of Isle of Man vehicles in international business is becoming increasingly popular. Richard Vanderplank reports. Richard Vanderplank is a partner at law firm Cains. Over the past few years, the Isle of Man has seen a steady growth in the number and value of international financing transactions that use corporate and other vehicles. […]

Trusts may face taxing times

Double-barrelled Budgets have had a varied impact on the Isle of Man and will give trustees food for thought, says Jane Bates. Jane Bates is a Scottish solicitor in practice with Isle of Man-based Mann & Partners. A double-dose of anticipation was experienced on the Isle of Man on 17 March. At 10.30am, Richard Corkill, […]

Welsh law and language

As the author of Termau Cyfraith/Legal Terms (1972), and subsequently Geiriadur y Gyfraith/The Legal Dictionary (English Welsh) (1992), together with its supplement (1996), it is gratifying to have discovered that the 1992 Dictionary is now out of print. In consequence, the publishers (Gomer Press) have requested me to undertake the task of preparing a brand […]

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