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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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Former South Western Electricity lawyer joins Mitsubishi Motors

Mitsubishi Motors UK has appointed South Western Electricity’s former company secretary and solicitor as its new company secretary, with an additional remit covering legal and insurance matters. Robin Edmunds takes up the position at the Cirencester headquarters of the Colt Car Company, Mitsubishi’s official UK importer. He replaces Deidre Robinson, who is taking a career […]

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Pinsent Curtis’ Birmingham office has recruited its first ever forensic accountant. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) senior manager Kevin Hills has been with the big five firm since 1991 and has spent the last six years specialising in forensic work, but has decided to quit PwC in favour of Pinsents. Besides citing personal reasons for his move, he […]

Olliers sets up fifth Northern office in Leeds

Manchester-based Olliers is opening an office in Leeds, making it the firm’s fifth office in the North. The firm is taking on Steve Nikolich, a 10 year-qualified crime specialist from Manchester firm Jones Maidment Wilson, bringing Olliers’ partner count up to eight. Olliers, which specialises in large-scale blue and white collar crime cases, officially opens […]

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