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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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While many welcome much of the Enterprise Act’s initiatives, Nick Brainsby says that rules on providing finance for struggling businesses should have been included Enhancing the rescue culture, saving viable businesses, reducing the number of liquidations – these were all seen as aims underpinning the corporate insolvency provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002, due to […]

Building support

For a market-leading DIY retailer, B&Q relies surprisingly heavily on help from its external counsel. Husnara Begum finds out why Gary Shillinglaw believes that outsourcing is best B&Q is wholly-owned by Kingfisher plc, the highly successful retailer that is also the parent company of electrical goods chain Comet. Gary Shillinglaw, who has been company secretary […]

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Moving experience

What are the problems that can arise when an office-holder leaves one firm for another? Simon Moore offers practical guidance on how firms can retain or transfer appointments Even though a significant proportion of licensed insolvency practitioners are partners in firms of accountants, the current legislative framework (the Insolvency Act 1986 sections 389(1) and 390(1)) […]

Going for a song

Tulkinghorn likes nothing better than warbling the odd parlour song with his good lady wife, so he was delighted to see that singing is the new, erm, rock ‘n’ roll in law firms. Why, some of Tulkinghorn’s scribes have even introduced the City’s finest to a certain karaoke bar in Soho, with predictable results. Tulkinghorn […]

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