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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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OSS backlog set to double

The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors’ (OSS) delay in allocating complaints to case workers is set to double from six months to a year unless something is done, the regulatory body warns.The revelation came the week the Government pledged to assign a watchdog to oversee the OSS, vowing to give the legal services ombudsman […]

In brief: Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy is being instructed by the Czech government on the sale of Czech bank CSOB. Two further bank sales will follow in the next year. The Czech telecommunications sector is to be privatised, with three consortia making bids. US firms White & Case and Squire Sanders & Dempsey have been appointed to advise […]

Firm pays plaintiff's costs

A Manchester solicitor set up a company to hold his law firm’s lease, which then stayed in the building for two years rent-free while the landlord waged a court battle for rent arrears, the Court of Appeal has heard.Miller Gardner defended the company, Globe Legal Services Ltd, in the original action, but was in for […]

Senior partner quits Birchall Blackburn

North-west based Birchall Blackburn has been hit by its second departure in as many months as its joint senior partner quits to join Halliwell Landau.Chris Eddlestone has become licensing and leisure partner at Halliwell Landau after serving 16 years at Birchall Blackburn, where he was one of three senior partners.Birchall Blackburn also recently lost Daniel […]

Digests

Bournemouth Borough Council is suing WH Saunders & Son of Southampton; LG Mouchal & Partners of West Byfleet; and Technical Timber Services of Romsey. The claim against WH Saunders and LG Mouchal is for damages for alleged breach of contracts made between 1984 and 1986 and negligence over the design, specification, and supervision of building […]

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