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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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It's been a good week for…

Jeff and Jennifer Bramley, who have won the right to keep their two foster daughters. The Bramleys hit the headlines last September when they disappeared with the children after Cambridgeshire Social Services told the couple they would not be allowed to adopt the pair. In a ruling this week, Mrs Justice Hogg said they could […]

Litigation Writs 28/6/99

Elizabeth Mason of Blackpool, whose husband Peter was cleared of drug trafficking offences, has launched a High Court action against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for damages in respect of assets seized from her home. In her claim, Mason is also suing a receiver for damages for losses she blames on his allegedly negligent management […]

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Edward Smethurst

Fiona Callister talks to Edward Smethurst, the 30-year-old lawyer and millionaire property developer whose latest challenge is the chairmanship of the the Law Society’s commerce & industry group.

Birmingham set in recruitment drive

Birmingham set 8 Fountain Court Chambers is on a major recruitment drive after losing barristers to rival chambers. It is believed to be in negotiations with Claremont Chambers in Wolverhampton. Its tenants are understood to have made a group application to join 8 Fountain Court. So far, only four offers are thought to have been […]

Simkins wins Dibbs' media ace

The North’s leading competition lawyer has become the latest partner to quit Dibb Lupton Alsop. Stephen Hornsby, an expert in sport, competition and media-related regulatory issues, joined the Simkins Partnership, a London media law firm, as a partner last week. He will be attached to the firm’s media and corporate group. He is the only […]

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