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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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Carswell rises to top Northern Ireland post

Lord Justice Carswell has been appointed as the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland. He will replace Sir Brian Hutton, who is leaving the post to become a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. The changeover is reported to have come as a surprise to Northern Ireland lawyers. But the choice of successor was no surprise […]

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Garret & Co acted on the flotation of the Invesco India Growth Fund

Crime ace switches set

High-profile barrister Richard Lissack QC has moved from the chambers of Anthony Donne QC at 2 King’s Bench Chambers to 35 Essex Street, citing the need for greater back-up as his workload grows. Lissack, the crime and fraud specialist who prosecuted the Maxwell fraud trial, said he wanted to move from a set which specialised […]

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Herbert Smith advised the Norfolk & Norwich Health Care NHS Trust on its signing of a £193m PFI project to build a hospital for Norwich, the first health sector PFI project. Contractor Octagon Healthcare was advised by DJ Freeman.

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