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Starting Point Employment Law Guide – Jersey Update – September 2018

By Siobhan Riley, Huw Thomas, Tarina Le Boutillier Whilst in the UK changes to employment legislation generally happen in April, major changes to Jersey employment law have in recent years occurred in September. September 2018 is no exception and will arguably be the busiest September for Jersey HR professionals for some years. There is a raft of changes […]

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 […]

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Rouse & Co buys patent agents and plans Munich launch

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Government lawyers to be offered judicial posts

The Attorney-General Lord Goldsmith announced last week that Government lawyers will be offered posts in the judiciary. Lawyers working for the Crown Prosecution Service, for example, will be eligible to sit as deputy district judges and civil recorders. He said full-time judicial posts may also be created and announced that applicants are sought for the […]

Heller Ehrman hikes local Hong Kong capability

Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe’s Hong Kong office has scooped a team of lawyers from Siao Wen and Leung. The San Francisco-based firm has taken the bulk of Siao Wen’s corporate securities, commercial and China practice, taking the number of lawyers in its Hong Kong office to 28. The 19-strong group comprises four partners, 15 […]

US general counsel up on fraud charges

For The first time in US corporate history, a general counsel has been indicted for alleged securities fraud. Jay Lapine, former general counsel of healthcare information company HBO & Co, which was acquired by McKesson in early 1999, surrendered himself to the FBI last Tuesday (3 June) to face charges of securities fraud. This is […]

Isle of Man hosts largest ever SEC fraud case

The Isle of Man has taken centre-stage in the largest Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) fraud case of its kind in history The directors of AremisSoft, a major US software company that entered chapter 11 in March 2002, are accused of running bogus software deals valued at hundreds of millions of dollars. The case is […]

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