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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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Case of the Week

The tragic case of Siamese twins joined by the lower abdomen reached the High Court this week, as Lord Justice Ward lost sleep over the dilemma which will see at least one of the twins die. The parents, who come from an eastern European Catholic community do not want surgeons to separate the twins as […]

Scottish legal aid system breaches human rights

In a test case, Fort William Sheriff, Colin McKay ruled that two Mallaig fishermen could not receive a fair trial because the £500 cap on legal aid fees in Scotland limited their access to justice. The two defendants, who had denied a racially aggravated assault on a Spanish fisherman, were allowed to walk free, although […]

ICL Ireland sets up first in-house legal function

The Belfast office of PricewaterhouseCoopers has lost its director of corporate legal services to ICL. Raymond McGinley has joined the IT services company as senior legal adviser for Ireland. ICL managing director Brian Baird says he has been looking for internal legal advice for some time. “We’ve been moving the business towards e-commerce services, which […]

A&O sets up equity team for IPO work

Allen & Overy has responded to the boom in initial public offerings (IPOs) by setting up a dedicated equity capital markets group. The group, headed by Richard Cranfield, will comprise 10 partners, of whom two – Bart Capeci and Alex Cohen – are US-qualified, underlining Allen & Overy’s focus on dual listings on the New […]

Halliwells splits management as senior partner steps down

Halliwell Landau’s senior partner is stepping down after six years service to return to full-time fee-earning. Roger Lancaster is going back to running the Manchester firm’s planning department on a day-to-day basis, while the leadership of Halliwells will be split between two people. The former head of corporate Alec Craig has been elected to the […]

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