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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?

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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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UK press in-housers fight privacy ruling

Associated Newspapers’ head of legal is attempting to mobilise the UK media to back lobbying efforts aimed at convincing the German government to appeal the controversial Princess Caroline decision to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Harvey Kass, head of legal at the newspaper group, has approached his colleagues in […]

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Shock news from VIA NET.WORKS, which is apparently a “leading provider of business communications solutions to small and medium-sized enterprises”. IT services suppliers have been slammed in a survey for using the most confusing jargon. Hard on their heels in second place is… lawyers. Who’d have thought it?

Owing me, owing you

UK tax law is nearing a showdown with European legislation. Richard Palmer reports After England’s disappointing showing in the recent Euro 2004, the latter part of 2004 could prove to be equally disappointing for the UK Government in its dealings with the Continent. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is poised to hear the latest […]

Shearman steps into British Energy rescue affray

Shearman & Sterling has emerged as the adviser to British Energy rebel shareholder Polygon Investments. Over the past two weeks, Polygon, a hedge fund set up in late 2002, has been pressing for British Energy shareholders to be given a larger equity stake in the company, as opposed to the 2.5 per cent slice set […]

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