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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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Howard Kennedy, Martineau lead the way in venture capital trusts

Howard Kennedy and Martineau Johnson were the most active venture capital trust advisers during the 2006-07 tax year, each acting on six of the industry’s 26 fundraisings. While the vehicles advised by Martineau collectively attracted £44.3m of a sought £79.7m, the Howard Kennedy-advised products raised £76.6m of a sought £130.4m. Howard Kennedy head of listed […]

Norton Rose to reveal seats of power

Norton Rose‘s 400 lawyers are waiting with bated breath to find out where they will be sitting when the firm moves into its new office next month. The firm will spread its staff over four floors, with each level representing one of Norton Rose’s headline practices – energy and infrastructure, technology, financial institutions and transport. […]

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Government sued over Carter reforms

Black and Asian lawyers have taken legal action against the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) and the Legal Services Commission (LSC) over the legal aid reforms, it was revealed today (25 April). The Society of Asian lawyers and the Black Solicitors Network, which together represent the black, minority ethnic (BME) legal profession, have commenced Judicial […]

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