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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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ABI sues over personal injury judgment that changes damages policy

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is preparing to go into battle with the claimant lobby after the Court of Appeal (CoA) said damages should be raised by 10 per cent from April next year. The move will be perceived as an indirect challenge to the judiciary, which, critics say, hijacked a standard personal injury […]

Dewey CFO finds new home at Florida firm Greenspoon

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf CFO Joel Sanders has resurfaced in the same role at Florida law firm Greenspoon Marder. Sanders, one of the defendants accused of allegedly running a Ponzi scheme at the firm in a lawsuit brought by a former Dewey partner (14 June 2012), has already joined the firm following Dewey’s high-profile collapse […]

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Charge of the satellite brigade

Proposals put forward by Lord Justice Jackson to reform civil litigation funding and reduce costs have backfired before they’ve even been implemented with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) gearing up for a court battle over the plans. Jackson LJ’s plans included raising settlements by 10 per cent to compensate for successful parties no longer […]

Another Dewey partner makes claims

Earlier this summer former Dewey & LeBoeuf IP partner Henry Bunsow brought a law suit against the defunct firm’s senior management alleging they had run a Ponzi scheme, securing capital contributions from new joiners that they knew they could not repay. Now, another former partner – energy specialist Steven Otillar – is making allegations against […]

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