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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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In the firing line

When the bar’s immunity from being sued was abolished, many feared that claims would spiral out of all control, but Brendan Malkin finds the floodgates have not opened – at least not yet The decision in Hall Simons was heralded as a defining moment in the history of the bar. A barrister’s immunity from being […]

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Mark Stephens, the media luvvie extraordinaire (sorry, that should be media lawyer extraordinaire), has been having a little bit of a problem with his siblings of late.It seems that our Mr Stephens has annoyed his sister with the effortless zeal with which he seems to achieve things. Not through any fault of his own, you […]

NE merry-go-round as Read Hind partner quits

Leeds firm Read Hind Stewart has lost one of its most senior partners Andrew Laycock to Leeds and Hull firm Garwood Devine. He will be replaced by Halliwell Landau Manchester insolvency partner Oliver Nelson.Laycock was a partner at Read Hind for about a decade. At the time he left he was one of the three […]

Hammonds lures Eversheds partner

Hammond Suddards Edge’s Birmingham office is poaching a high-profile senior employment partner from rival firm Eversheds. David Beswick will run the employment department in Hammonds’ Birmingham office, where there are currently two partners.A third partner, Julia Edwards, is on gardening leave; she plans to join Eversheds’ Birmingham office in the autumn.Beswick, who has been at […]

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