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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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Philip Vaughton handed a fraudster client a briefcase stuffed with £268,000 in cash from his own bank account. The tribunal heard that in 1990 Vaughton, then a partner at Northampton-based Howes Percival, was handling the sale of property developer RHDL’s newly-converted block of flats in Cleveland. But, unknown to Vaughton, the fraudster, “Mr F”, a […]

Litigation Writs 04/03/97

The Monty Python movie The Life of Brian is at the centre of a legal row over claims that its distributors wrongly gave the film’s rights to Channel Four Television for 20 years. Python (Monty) Pictures, of London NW1, has issued a writ against Paragon Entertainment, of Toronto, and Channel Four Television, in which it […]

House of Lords takes RSI case in hand

A landmark legal action in which a Macclesfield secretary is claiming damages for repetitive strain injury (RSI) is to be probed by the Law Lords. So far two judges have ruled for and two against the claim of 47-year-old Ann Margaret Pickford of Macclesfield who is seeking £175,000 damages. In the High Court in November […]

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