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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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Nigerian fights deportation

Ben James, a 30-year-old Nigerian-born stockbroker who came to the UK when he was 14 and is fighting moves to deport him, has won the right to mount a second High Court challenge to the Government’s insistence that he returns to Nigeria. James, who ran a u40,000-a-year stockbroking business, was on the verge of being […]

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Liverpool lawyers in legal aid scam

Dubious practices by Liverpool lawyers have sent the city’s legal aid bill for welfare cases soaring to three times the rest of the country, it was claimed last week. Figures released by the Merseyside Legal Services Committee show that in 1997/98 an average of £11.21 from legal aid funds was spent for each person on […]

In brief: Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling. The headline “Shearman’s Paris chief deserts to Hammonds” in the 29 March edition gave the impression that William Lee, Shearman & Sterling’s former Paris managing partner, had quit the firm to join Hammond Suddards. Though the story stated that he had been the former managing partner of the Paris office, the headline […]

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