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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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At a recent Lovells press bash partner David Harris shocked journalists when Black Eyed Peas hit Shut Up started emanating loudly from his jacket. It turned out that this wasn’t a less-than-subtle suggestion to silence the questioning hacks, the song was actually the ringtone on his mobile phone. Much to Tulkinghorn’s disappointment, Harris hadn’t actually […]

Hempsons secures £250K of withheld fees for NHS class action rape case

After months of stand-off, insurers last week agreed to pay out almost £250,000 in legal fees owed to Hempsons Solicitors, which defended the NHS against a large-scale class action funded partly by conditional fee arrangements (CFAs). The class action case was brought by 23 women who, along with 41 others, sued the NHS in its […]

White House hopefuls gifted millions from US lawyers

US law firms have stumped up nearly $17m in donations towards the upcoming presidential campaigns, signalling a huge rise in lawyers’ political contributions in the last race to the White House. President George W Bush edges ahead in contributions from lawyers and law firms which gave a total $8.8m within a three month period, beginning […]

Gerry Kennedy: Lonza Biologics

Lonza Biologics’ legal function was in chaos after the management consultants had been in. Steve Hoare meets the man who turned it around Lonza Biologics is focussed on the production of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies and recombinant proteins produced by mammalian cell cultures,” says its website. Unless you are intimately acquainted with the biotechnology industry, that […]

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