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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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Next month Lawrence Collins QC will, in the words of the Lord Chancellor, make “a little bit of history”. The solicitor, a partner at Herbert Smith, will be the first to be appointed directly from private practice to the High Court Bench. “The appointment marks another step in the diversification of the judiciary without any […]

Land Securities appoint non-executive Director

Giles, (58), has been a partner in Slaughter and May since 1975 and became Senior Partner in 1993. he was a member of the Hampel Committee on Corporate Governance and is currently a member of the Financial Reporting Council. He is also the Chairman of the Law Committee of the UK/China Forum. Commenting on the […]

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Law Society president Michael Napier has declared the House of Lords’ decision to throw out the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No 2) Bill as a “great victory for human rights”. Had the bill gone through, it would have scrapped the right to trial by jury for “either-or” offences.

2 Harcourt Buildings sets up mediation joint venture

Commercial law chambers 2 Harcourt Buildings is launching a contracted mediation scheme on 3 October, aimed at cutting the cost of resolving disputes within the construction industry. It is a joint venture involving a company called ResoLex, set up by the chambers of Roger Henderson QC and project management consultancy Symonds. Leading insurance company Aon, […]

Dennis Publishing

Dennis Publishing/Maxim takes equity stake in Firebox.com in return for promotion; Firebox to raise £1m through direct public offering. Firebox.com advised by Berwin Leighton (Daniel Rosenberg). Dennis Publishing advised by Simons Muirhead & Burton (Simon Goldberg).

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