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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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ASB Law profits from marriage

South East firm ASB Law, formerly known as Argles Stoneham Burstows, has announced a turnover of £13.3m for the first financial year since its three-way merger in November 1999. ASB was created through the merger of Argles & Court, Stoneham and Burstows. The firm has since merged with London niche firm Keene Marsland and has […]

A view from frankfurt

The German legal market has receNTLy been gripped by the saga of the draft Takeover Act and the ensuing battle over the European Union Takeover Directive.The point of contention in the discussions was the role of management in planning a defensive move in takeovers. Should the management have a strong role in determining and applying […]

Singapore to consider MDP introduction

Singapore’s legal fraternity is considering proposals for further liberalisation of the legal sector. Multidisciplinary practices (MDPs), providing legal and accounting advice, have been the subject of speculation following a preliminary report by Singapore’s Chief Justice Yong Pung How.The report, prepared by the Justices’ Law Clerks’ Pool, suggests that last year’s decision to permit local and […]

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