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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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Red card for Halliwell Landau soccer trip

MANCHESTER firm Halliwell Landau was forced to call off a corporate hospitality trip to Friday’s crunch England/Colombia World Cup game, after chartering a plane for what is believed to be £5000. Corporate partner Clive Garston had invited 18 Manchester businessmen to the game. The agency through which it booked tickets – Great Portland Entertainment – […]

Construction reforms greeted with scepticism

THE construction industry – famed for its long and complicated disputes – has taken a dim view of the new legislation which has been designed to improve the situation, according to a survey carried out by Cameron Mckenna. Just 16 per cent of the industry was pleased with the new Construction Act. And the survey […]

Is this the end – or will the Bar bounce back?

We have been expecting an announcement from the Lord Chancellor on rights of audience for many months. But the scale of last week’s consultation paper still took many lawyers by surprise. All solicitors will have full rights of audience on the first day of their admission onto the Roll. To exercise these rights solicitors will […]

Pub tie system faces new challenge

Two test cases have brought into question a system whereby pub landlords are dictated to by suppliers, reports Roger Pearson. Pub tenants and breweries are waiting for the outcome of two challenges to the brewery tie system, under which brewery landlords stipulate who their tenants must buy supplies from – ranging from drink to fruit […]

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