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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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Deutsche Bank lawyer quits top job

PETER BROOKS, whose ruthless reputation earned him the sobriquet Prince of Darkness, has left his £1m job as general counsel at Deutsche Bank. Brooks, who was previously head of corporate finance at Clifford Chance, had been considering leaving the bank for some time. It is understood his role as general counsel changed considerably following the […]

Herbert Smith wins High Court battle against Inland Revenue

Herbert Smith senior partner Edward Walker-Arnott has won a major test case victory in a battle with the Inland Revenue. Walker-Arnott represented himself and the firm’s other partners as taxpayers in a two-and-a-half day hearing at the High Court. The case concerned how tax relief on £5m losses, from leases which the firm was left […]

Little access to little justice

Dan Brennan asks why the Access to Justice Bill does not have a set of clear objectives that outline what its intentions are. THE GOVERNMENT is keen to emphasise that the Access to Justice Bill will provide greater access to justice for citizens and that it is not a Bill “for lawyers”. Why, then, does […]

Scuffle of the week

There are no lawyers quite as vicious as libel lawyers. Olswang is peeved about rivals Burton Copeland’s spin on a story about disgraced former Tory minister Johnathan Aitken. He tried to pay for his daughter’s legal fees in a related legal issue arising from his failed libel case against The Guardian. Burton Copeland claims The […]

Quote of the week

“Anyone and any member of this house may find himself in a police station. He may kill someone with his car. He may be wrongly identified in a public lavatory…” – Lord Hutchinson of Lullington uses the famous public lavatory defence in speaking out against public defenders in the House of Lords.

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