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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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Baker & McKenzie tax and commercial partner Daniel Chan left the firm’s Hong Kong office last Monday (31 January). A spokesperson for the firm said: “Baker & McKenzie can confirm that Daniel Lap Fung Chan, a partner of Baker & McKenzie Hong Kong, left the firm with effect from 31 January 2005 in order to […]

BLG partner joins Primary Group

Insurance distribution company Primary Group has appointed Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) partner David Arthur as group corporate counsel. A partner in BLG’s professional liability and commercial litigation team, Arthur joins Primary after 24 years at the firm – 20 of those as a partner. His experience includes acting for large accountants and insurance firms […]

Commercial Court suffers five-year decline in cases

The number of trials heard in the Commercial Court has dropped continuously for the last five years, it emerged last week. The court’s annual report revealed that last year just 58 trials were heard – down from 81 trials in 2002-03. Claims are also dropping, with 1,104 claim forms issued in 2003-04, representing a drop […]

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For those who curse the invasion of all-pervasive technology (or indeed those who, like Tulkinghorn, just curse their cranky iMacs 10 times a day) comes a warning tale of how Luddite tendencies can cause havoc. Tulkinghorn had commissioned an article for The Lawyer, expecting that as usual it would arrive in a handy Word document […]

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UK firms gear up as class action culture hits Europe

UK law firms are preparing for a potential deluge of work if the floodgates to class actions across Continental Europe are opened. Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and France have all tabled proposals that in the next few weeks are likely to lead to a new culture of class actions on the Continent. Russia and Ukraine […]

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